First Attempt in the Reco Bagel Baker
The Reco/Romertopf Bagel Baker  I scored on eBay was delivered just in time to go in the oven and pre-heat while I shaped, let rise, and boiled the bagel rounds that I had previously prepared from an apple & beet SD rye levain boosted with cherry raisin YW to which was added AP, BF, VWG, caraway, fennel, coriander and dill, and of course molasses and salt. I don't keep cornmeal so just covered the freshly boiled rounds in as much poppy and sesame as would stick. Immediately after plopping them in the Romertopf I lowered the temp from 500 to 400 degrees, baked for 15 minutes on one side, 10 on the other. Think I could have gotten away with just leaving them in the Baker for 20 minutes without flipping, they seemed to have baked evenly at the 15 minute interval. Also ordered a NOS Bagel Baker from another vendor that should be arriving tomorrow; hope that one comes with the instructions because I can't find any online.