This recipe is fantastic! I increased the water to 1 1/8 cups as suggested by other reviewers. We love Panera Asiago Cheese bagels, so I added 1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese to the dough, shaped them, let them rise for 30 minutes (great tip!), boiled them, then topped each with a little more shredded asiago cheese. My husband said if he didn't know I made them, he would have thought they came from the bagel shop! Since the original recipe made 9 large bagels, which are pretty big, I made them again, and divided it to make 12. They were a little smaller, but a better portion for us.
1½ cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
4½ cups flour
1 tablespoon garlic powder, onion powder etc. [optional]
- Preheat oven 375 degrees.
- Sprinkle yeast on top of warm water. Add sugar and let set for a few minutes. Stir in salt (and garlic powder options). Add flour one cup at a time. Knead for 10 minutes (I use my standing mixing, using the kneading paddle). Place dough in buttered bowl (turn over so that is is buttered on top and bottom). Let rise covered for 30 minutes. Separate dough into 6-12 balls. Shape bagels. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Place in 5 inches of boiling water (about 4-5 bagels at a time). Simmer for ½ -1 minute on each side. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown, on a greased cookie sheet.