The trick is to boil before baking! This makes an excellent batch of plain bagels that you can enhance with sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
These have to be the BEST bagels I have made to date. I have tried other bagel recipes but these are just so wonderful. It could be that I am perfecting my baking technique or it could be the recipe, to be honest I think it’s the latter!!! The inside was soft, where the outside had a bit of a crunch. I used the same ingredients but I do make these in a slightly different way, I always use a large round cookie cutter to shape the bagels and then a smaller size to cut out the hole. I find this saves so much time. As I wanted large bagels I make 10 instead of the recommended 12. I was able to boil 3 or these at the same time, sprinkled cornmeal on the bottom of the baking tray, and topped the bagels with grated Asiago cheese. I also made a batch containing chocolate chips for my youngest son. Totally delicious, unfortunately we have eaten them all already! - 17 Feb 2010
Used different ingredients. Perfect, perfect! I subbed 1/2 wholemeal flour and baked them on a tray sprinkled with polenta. I only needed no bake them for half as long as the recipe called for- good thing I kept an eye on them the first time- not sure if my oven is off or what, but just watch them closely the first time to see what they do. - 14 Jul 2008
im just 16 and I was bored so I decided to try making bagels and it has turned into kind of a hobby. I liked everything about these - they came out like a bagel should, hard and shiny and soft and chewy - 14 Jul 2008