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Fresno Bagel Workshop

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dmsnyder

Fresno Bagel Workshop

Our granddaughters, Naomi (6 years old) and Sasha (3 years old), have been staying with us for two weeks. Making bagels was in our contract. We saved this activity until just before their parents return, so they could have them fresh-baked. The parents return late tonight, so we made bagels today to bake for their brunch tomorrow.

Naomi had had an introduction to bagel shaping by her great Great Uncle, Glenn, a few weeks ago. She was a quick learner. Now, little sister wanted to make bagels too.

Sasha got to shape the first bagel, before going for her nap. Naomi provided support. 

Naomi really remembered everything Glenn had shown her. She needed minimal help - like keeping the board damp enough to give the dough some traction.

Naomi really shaped most of the bagels, but she did let me make a couple.

From the "It's never too late to learn" department: When she saw how much fun we were having, Grandma Susan had to grab a piece of the action. She received excellent instruction and did pretty well, for a beginner.

Since I had so much help with the bagels, I was able to get a couple bâtards of pain au levain baked this afternoon as well.

While they lacked something in symmetry, these were the best tasting bagels I've every baked. I used the Krakow Bagel formula from ITJB recipe testing. It is the same as the New York Bagel formula in the book, except it adds a 60 minute bulk fermentation step before dividing and shaping. I tried brother Glenn's flour mix - 25% KAF Bread Flour and 75% KAF Sir Lancelot Flour. Also, the bagels were eaten within an hour of baking. The crust was crisp. There was just the right amount of chewiness. The flavor was perfect, with a bit more sweet flavor than usual.

My apprentices each ate ate two whole bagels with cream cheese and cold smoked salmon. (Their parents wouldn't let them eat more.)

Naomi eating her "twisty bagel."

Sasha could hardly wait to eat her bagel

Sasha and Naomi's parents were given a copy of ITJB. I am pretty sure they will be baking bagels in Las Vegas.

David

David

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LindyD

Terrific photos!  Love the one of Naomi evaluating Sasha's technique.....and wow, has Sasha ever grown!

Treasured moments - and am betting the bagels will look as great as the bread.

Thanks!

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Janetcook

David,

One thing about a well trained apprentice is that one can find oneself out of a job. :- }  Glad Naomi allowed you to shape a few.

 She already looks like a pro - really understanding what the objective is - total concentration on her hands in every shot here showing her rolling and shaping.  No haphazard motions.  She is going for perfection and it shows. :-)  What a nice surprise for her parents upon their return.

Thanks for sharing these pictures here.  They really are heartwarming to see.

Take Care,

Janet

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breadsong

Hello David,
It looks like you all had a great day, making these bagels. What a lovely welcome home for your travellers!
Your granddaughters are adorable, with talent to match (you mention Naomi is a quick learner but she looks to be an excellent instructor, too!).
:^) breadsong

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dmsnyder

We had a great day. 

I'm about to leave to pick up Joel and Erin at the airport. Sasha wants to stay up to greet them, but we got her back in bed. 

I'm sure the bagels will be a big hit.

David

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GSnyde

Nice photos.   Nice bagels.  Nice breads.  Nice girls.

Glenn

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dmsnyder

And there is every expectation that Joel will inherit the gene from Naomi. He was very attentive to the boiling, seeding and baking and had lots of questions about sourcing ingredients.

David

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holds99

David,

Looks like everyone is having lots of fun.  You have a lovely family.  Your pain au levain looks beautiful, as usual.

Howard

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dmsnyder

It was even more fun than I expected it to be.

I hope my son "caught the (baking) bug." He's a terrific and adventurous cook, but my daughter-in-law thinks he's been a little scared to venture into our world. The girls have helped their mother make cookies and cupcakes I know. Nothing would please me more than for them to start baking bread with their daddy. That would be a memory-making experience for them all.

David

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dmsnyder

David

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FlourChild

Beautiful girls, and lovely bagels and batards as well!  Thanks for the smiles :)

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dmsnyder

There were certainly enough smiles at our house to share.

David

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joyfulbaker

David, thank you for sharing such a beautiful family time.  I love looking at those beautiful little girls enjoying their special time with grandpa and grandma.  And your posting is inspiring, too.  We will be taking charge of our grandkids for three days in a couple of weeks while mom is performing visiting faculty duty in Vermont and dad is working hard at his university job.  I don't know if we can bake bagels together (we won't be in our house but will be in theirs, which lacks some of the baking accoutrements), but we can organize well enough to bake a favorite of the little ones.  Challah always brings squeals of delight, especially from the 17-month-old grandson; the 3-year-0ld is a bit more "jaded" as she makes challah in her preschool every Friday, but she knows "the ropes" (sorry--bad pun!).  So that might be just the thing to bake with them.  Aren't those little ones the best treat of all!  Thanks again for sharing.

Joy

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dmsnyder

Three year old, Sasha, really liked rolling out the ropes for the bagels. Your challah mistress should have that step mastered. It's time she diversified! :-)

I had challah on my short list of possible bakes. Naomi could learn a 3-strand braid in a second. Hmmmmm .... If I mix the dough right now .....

David

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ehanner

David,

Lovely photos of your family. Seeing the girls giggle while shaping the dough will be a magical memory for all of you. Well done David!

Eric

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dmsnyder

Well, it was sure magical for me. I think it was for them. 

David

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dabrownman

apprentices, I would think that Fresno needs a new hand made bagel outlet! Looks like great fun was had by all!

Nice baking!

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dmsnyder

Just when I've got them trained, they got repossessed by their parents. Well, Fresno's loss is Las Vegas' gain.

David