I’m back from Paso today feeling rested, refreshed and ready to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day! So lets kick things off by talking about one of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions, green bagels! Does anyone know how green bagels became associated with this holiday? It don’t, but I love and support it. FYI, bagels are up there on my top 5 foods list. They’re quite possibly my favorite food. So I was destined to one day make my own. Folks, that day is today. Those of you afraid of yeast should know, this was only my second time baking any kind of bread. I had to watch YouTube videos on kneading. But they turned out great! So I urge you to be brave and try this recipe. You can do it! And if they turn out wacky, blame the green dye. Always got you covered!
- 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon green dye
- 1 egg
- sesame seeds
In large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour and yeast. Mix water, 3 tablespoons sugar and salt together, and add to the dry ingredients. Add green dye. Beat with a mixer for half a minute at a low speed. Beat at a higher speed for 3 minutes. Then, by hand, add remaining flour. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes). Cover with a damp towel, let rest for 15 minutes. Cut into 12 portions, shape into smooth balls. Poke a hole in the center with your finger, and gently enlarge the hole while working the bagel into a uniform shape. Cover, let rise 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water with 1T sugar in it, to boil. Reduce to simmering. When the bagels are ready, put 4 bagels into the water, and cook 7 minutes, turning once. Drain them. Place on a greased baking sheet. In a small bowl combine sesame seeds with a few drops of green food coloring, rubbing them together with your fingers to fully dye. In another small bowl beat egg. Brush bagels with egg and sprinkle with green sesame seeds. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with chive cream cheese. Enjoy! (original)