New York Style Bagel success on my FIRST TRY!!!
I am so excited to share pictures of my first ever NY bagel attempt (my first bagel attempt period). Although I had a few small mistakes, they turned out FANTASTIC!!! I live in Pittsburgh, PA but have traveled to the New York area many many times for work. I found a place in Long Island that I would buy 3-4 dozen bagels at a time and bring them back to Pittsburgh and freeze them any time I was there. There is really only one good place to get a bagel in Pittsburgh (in my opinion) and it's a chain. So, I decided to make my own NYC Everything Bagels! I sort of combined two different recipes and they really turned out great, I'm eating one as I type this. They are chewy and have a great crust on the outside that gives it a nice initial crunch. The inside is nice and textured with a really great flavor. I think they came out extra special because the entire time I was making the bagels I was watching two deer hang out in my backyard (I live 50 blocks from downtown, so I'm truly "in the city" which makes it rare). Below are the pictures... As you can tell, I like a little bagel with my toppings :) The only real mistakes I think I made were not hydrating the dehydrated onion flakes before baking (as you can see below, they burned a little) and crowding them on my baking sheet (I only have one at the moment). Other than that, I'm so pleased with them that I can't stop smiling!
PS - Excuse the blurry pictures, they were taken with my phone's camera as my regular camera is broken
SAF Instant Yeast
High Gluten flour purchased at GFS (unfortunately it was bleached, but the only high gluten I can find locally)
about a 3/4 cup each of dehydrated onion flakes, dehydrated garlic, poppy seeds, kosher salt and seasame seeds
Barley malt powder (inside and in the boil)