It was an incredible day for baking today! History was made! I have created my most epic baking achievement yet!
It all started with an intense craving for bagels I had one day. But when I went to the store and looked at the bagel selection I was really disappointed. Everything I found had such high sugar, sodium and preservatives, the worst offenders were Thomas bagels, basically my college breakfast constant. Great for a college student on a budget because they would last for weeks on end, not so great for the recent food aware micro-farmer.
I had recently been gifted a Kitchen Aid mixer (basically my dream kitchen appliance since I was old enough to see over the counter) from my magnificent fairy Godmother and I could not wait to use it. I also had in my vast collection of cook books Kamran Siddiqi’s baking cookbook Hand Made Baking. It is one of, if not the best baking cookbooks I own. A large reason behind that is not just the recipes but the way the book is laid out. It’s binding lays flat (hello-why doesn’t every cookbook have this???), it’s pages are thick and tough (yet still I manage to get flour all over them) and there are clear pictures of the how-to process.
Now, because I followed his recipe word for word I am not going to publish it, copyright reasons and more, I will urge you to yet again buy his book because like I said, it’s amazing. There is a link to the original recipe of his online here, but it is not the recipe I used. He updated it for the cookbook.
Of course I went big and made three batches of bagels, the first one whole wheat, the second cinnamon raisin and third blueberry. I froze most, ate only a quarter of one (each flavor) and did several happy dances in between. What I love is the fact that I know every ingredient, there is only five! The basic bagel recipe calls for water, yeast, sugar, salt and flour. That’s it! Freezing is my preservative, no chemicals, no words I can’t pronounce. So simple, so yummy and actually really fun to make. Like I have mentioned before, I am not the best baker, so the fact that these came out edible and not so scary looking is pretty incredible to me!
Buy the book, create the yummies and be as impressed with yourself as I am!