the dough is easy to mix and next time(if there is a next time-the jury is still out on this one), i will add two tablespoons of the onions and a little extra salt. i used my scale to weigh out 8 (3)ounce pieces of dough and began the shaping process. it was a sticky process and i used very small amounts of flour on my fingers and the table to make it manageable.
they do look like big rings while they are shaped but as soon as you set them onto the floured towel, they contract and fatten up a bit. i did them 4 at a time so that they would fit in the pot with room to spare.
they boiled up easily and i did not pay enough attention to the time on the first batch so i was sure to set the timer for the second batch.
out of the water bath and onto the prepared peel for the glaze and seeds. the cornmeal did nothing to stop them from sticking; i had to lift each one and place it on my stone in the oven.
my oven needs to be calibrated. the setting of 500 ended up at nearly 600 and the bagels came out a little crispy. the process of baking for 25 minutes, oven off with door closed for 5 minutes and then door open for 5 minutes was enough to make that first batch really crispy-artisan bread crispy! for the second batch, the shaped bagels rested in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and i skipped the 5 minutes with the door closed and 5 minutes with the door open. i simply baked them for 25 minutes and pulled them out. the reduced size should have triggered a response in me-they needed less time, but i was so caught up in all of the steps that it did not occur to me until just now…
they baked up an interesting ivory almost beige shade on the inside and had just a hint of onion flavor.
many thanks to heather for hosting this weeks bakefest! to try this at home, visit heather’s bytes for the complete recipe or better yet, buy a copy of baking with julia. and if you want to watch the process, look it up on you tube-the video is split into 2 parts and full of hints and tips, look for it under baking with julia, bagels-lauren groveman parts 1 and 2.