I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. After a busy week, I’m enjoying my quiet Sunday afternoon at home, baking toasted sesame bagels in the kitchen and working on some new project(s). I’m so excited to share some incoming snail mail inspirations and my bagel recipe with you.
Here’s the tiniest mail I received from talented illustrator, Rhya.
My friend Bibi moved to Japan around the time I was leaving Yunnan. Her package arrived this week, full of small goodies from Kofu. Don’t you love the llama stickers?
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon water
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1. In a small bowl, pour in warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes before stirring.
2. In a large bowl, sift together flour and salt. Pour in yeast mixture and beat with a mixer at a low speed.
3. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 10 minutes. You want a moist and firm dough.
4. Place dough in oiled bowl, and cover with a damp towel. Let it rise for 45 minutes.
5. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch the dough down, and let it rest for another 10 minutes.
6. Divide the dough into 8 portions and shape into balls. Gently press a finger into the center of the ball to make a hole, and work the bagel into a uniform shape. Repeat for the remaining dough. Cover with wet paper towel and let it rest for 20 minutes.
7. Bring a big pot of water to a boil, then reduce the heat. Put 4 bagels into the simmering water. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip over, and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes. Drain them. Boil the other 4 bagels the same way.
9. In a small bowl, whisk egg and water to make an egg wash. Lightly coat the top of each bagel with egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
10. Place prepared bagels on a greased baking sheet, and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 25 minutes, until golden brown.
It might be because I spent one too many years without a proper oven, I’m on a huge baking kick lately! I always thought bagels would be difficult to make, but it was really fun and easy.
Do you have any favorite recipes or something you’ve always wanted to bake from scratch?