Bagels

July 17th, 2019 · 21 Comments

Bagels from Sugarlaws

I actually put of making these for a long time.  Like, six months or a year, during which I really *wanted* to make homemade bagels, but somehow I couldn’t do it.

Why?  Because I thought they were hard to make!  In fact, I thought they would take all day, be easy to screw up, and generally be a finicky bread recipe.

But, come on.  These are bagels.  There is nothing finicky or annoying about them — they are just easy, totally simple, and immensely satisfying.  Smeared with a pat of butter or jam, you have an easy, simple, and completely delicious.  Plus, I froze about two thirds of this batch, and they’re easy to defrost in a toaster oven and make a perfect on-the-way-to-work snack.  As an extra tip, I like to cut them in half before freezing them — instant portion control for those days you’re just not that hungry in the morning.

So, I think you should make these.  I know I end a very significant percentage of my posts this way, but it’s because I genuinely love these recipes, and nothing makes me happier than hearing from you guys when you make them and email me about them!  Sincerely, nothing makes me happier than those moments.  So, well, go make these.  Please.  If only to make my day!

Bagels from Sugarlaws

Bagels

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup bread flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 package active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water

DIRECTIONS:
Proof the yeast in 1/4 cup of water until frothy.  Mix the yeast mixture, the rest of the water, salt, sugar, and both flours and knead for 5-10 minutes.  Allow the to rise in a greased bowl, covered with saran wrap, for about an hour.  Punch the dough down, and let it rest on a lightly floured surface.

Meanwhile, in a large pot bring a pot of water to a boil. Stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar.  Cut dough into 9 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a small ball. Poke a hole in the middle of each, and pull the dough gently to enlarge the hole.  Prepare a baking sheet with parchment or silipat and preheat your oven to 375 degrees,

Carefully transfer bagels to boiling water, and boil for 1 minute, turning halfway through.  Drain briefly after taking each bagel out of the water, and place it on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle them with your choice of toppings (sea salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, etc).  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. 

Bagels from Sugarlaws

Tags: breads · Breakfast and Brunch · food

Danish Braid

May 20th, 2019 · 44 Comments

Most of us have a “to cook” list.  Mine is probably a hundred recipes I’ve pulled from magazines and websites, and honestly, I have no hope of ever finishing it (particularly as it grows about ten times faster than I complete any of the recipes).  However, in addition to the recipe list, I have a to-learn technique list, which includes homemade puff pastry.

It started a few months ago, when I saw Jacques Pepin smoothly roll out a homemade sheet of puff pastry using nothing but a tapered wooden rolling pin, flour, water, and butter.  Unbelievable!  No refrigeration, no resting time, just rolling, folding and baking.  Needless to say, when I looked at this recipe, I thought I’d do it the Jacques way.

But I am not Jacques Pepin, and when I attempted to roll, fold, and roll again, something went horribly wrong.  I ended up with a table and rolling pin covered in butter, and definitely nothing resembling puff pastry.  So I stepped back, called upon my inner reserves of patience, and attempted to follow the recipe as written.  Go figure.  Not surprisingly, my dough soon went from picture (a) to picture (b), below:

Much improved.  In fact, eventually, throw in a little rhubarb jam, and I could get it to picture (c), which is this tasty little thing:

I brought this to work because there was no chance I would eat the whole thing, being 1) not particularly prone to eating breakfast, 2) not a huge fan of danish, and 3) not particularly inclined to gain 5 pounds in a week.  

But everyone loved it — I will definitely be making this again.  In fact, it’s Saturday, and I have nothing to do…

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Tags: breads · Breakfast and Brunch · food

pumpkin gingerbread

November 26th, 2013 · 5 Comments

Pumpkin Gingerbread Sugarlaws 2

When it comes to Thanksgiving recipes, I’ve already covered the basics: stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, apple pie, and more.  But let’s face it: unless you’re hosting for the first time, you probably have a recipe or two of your own.

But what about the morning before Thanksgiving?  See, I bet you didn’t put much thought into that, did you?  Usually over the holidays you can count on a house full of visiting family, and they need breakfast!  And you need to get started on the turkey, so you know what’s a great idea?  A simple, easy, totally delicious recipe that they can enjoy — perfect for getting everyone into the holiday spirit a little early! 

For this recipe, I tried to focus on an ingredient that was great for your skin and perfectly for the holidays — and I settled on pumpkin!  Pumpkin has tons of Vitamin A, which jump-starts the skin cell renewal process and helps give you youthful, radiant skin.  It’s also a great source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin (Vitamin E is also found in Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer, one of my favorites)!  So you’re doing good for your skin as well as your body — think about that when you go for seconds! 

And for more awesome skin-loving recipes, check out Simple Skincare’s Skin-Loving Food and Nutrition Pinterest board!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1/2 of a 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9″ by 5″ loaf pan. 

Mix together sugar, oil and eggs and beat until smooth.  Add water, pumpkin, ginger, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and beat together until well blended.

Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder to the mixture and blend until evenly distributed.  Pour into the loaf pan and bake until a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

For the icing, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  Start with one tablespoon of milk and increase in small increments until the icing is pourable.  Pour onto the gingerbread, cut and serve.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Sugarlaws 1

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