Friday, September 30, 2011

Honey Whole Wheat Bagels

I just love bagels but they can get expensive with a large family. I figured I had 2 choices, continue hiding them from the kids or learn how to make inexpensively & in large batches. I also wanted them to be healthier. I found out not long ago that my store bought bagels contain cellulose, yuck! When I ran across a Whole Wheat recipe the other day, I knew I had to try it.

I actually combined a few recipes. I found one with the ingredients I wanted but I didn't like the directions. So I searched out other recipes & came up with some awesome whole-wheat bagels!

Best of all.... I usually pay $3.45 for 5 pack of bagels at the store. I made a double batch of these & it cost approximately $3.50 for 20 bagels! That's what I call cost effective!
(You can make regular bagels simply by replacing the whole wheat flour with bread flour 
& the honey with sugar. For best results still use the Tbls of honey in the boiling water)

4 1/2  cups whole wheat flour
1 pkg dry active yeast
1 1/2 cups very warm (not hot) water
4 Tablespoons honey + 1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sea salt

1 egg
1 Tbsp water

In a small bowl, mix yeast and warm water together and let stand 3 minutes.
Mix together 2 cups of flour, salt & yeast/water mixture, slowly combining the remaining flour.
Turn out onto a floured surface & knead until smooth & elastic (approx 5 minutes)
Place the dough in an oiled bowl & allow to rest until it doubles in size. (I waited 45 minutes)

Punch down the dough (if adding anything, like cinnamon & raisins, now is the time).
Divide dough and shape into 10 balls & allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Begin shaping each bagel by stick your finger in the middle of the ball and pulling it apart to create about a 2 inch hole. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

In the mean time, put on a pot of water to boil, adding 1 tablespoon of honey to the water.
After 10 minutes, drop 4 bagels at a time into the boiling water for about 45 seconds, turning each once half way through. Drain on a wire rack or cloth.

Mix egg & water. Brush onto tops of bagels & place onto a well greased baking sheet, a silicone cookie sheet would be optimal, they stuck just a bit on my aluminum ones.
Bake @ 350 for 20-30 minutes, turning once. Keep an eye on them past 20 minutes.

Here are my pics. I tweeked the recipes as I went so they aren't as pretty or smooth as they should be. They do taste WONDERFUL though!

Ready for boiling! Yours will be smoother if you kneaded for the full 5 minutes.

Boiling time! Don't over or under boil or they'll be hard as rocks after baking!

Don't these look wonderful?!? They smell yummy too!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps

This is a super easy recipe for cookouts & get togethers. Everyone loves them & they disappear fast.

6 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
12 slices thin bacon

Preheat oven to 425.
Spread cream cheese into jalapeƱo halves. Wrap wirh bacon.
Place onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes or until bacon is crispy.