Apple Pie Bagels

Apple Pie Bagels

Three things I know to be true.

1)      I got thisclose to stepping on a rather large slug this morning. Shudder…
2)      Amazon Prime is a *very* dangerous thing. Beautiful, yes, but oh so dangerous.
3)      Bagels are way easier to make at home than you’d think.

apple pie bagels, after second rise

I should admit that these took two tries to get perfect, but I think two tries isn’t bad for a total homemade bagel rookie, which I was a week ago.

apple pie bagels

And you guys, these are outstanding. Seriously some of the best bagels I’ve ever eaten. The flavor was bar none, the texture was perfection, and I could go on and on. Whether you’re a bagel pro or a bagel novice, you need to make these soon. No one doesn’t deserve this deliciousness in their life.

crumble topping

So now let’s learn from Julie’s mistakes! First, I found that I needed to add all of the flour called for. I stopped shy by about half a cup the first time, and the dough was insanely sticky after first rise. Like, so sticky I couldn’t even work with it until I kneaded in quite a bit more flour. The second time around, I used all the flour called for and didn’t have any problems.

apple pie bagels

Now let’s talk shaping bagels. It’s actually really easy, though somewhat counter-intuitive. You want to form them into a ball; think of it like a large meatball. Then you use your thumb to poke a hole in the center. Use both thumbs to widen the hole a little. Do not shape your bagels into patty-type shapes before poking the hole, even if that seems more natural. If you do, they will look so funky and ugly after second rise.

apple pie bagel

And thirdly, the crumble topping here is just genius, but when you’re mixing it together, leave it a bit crummy. If you work it until it completely comes together, it clumps onto the tops of the bagels and you don’t get uniform-tasting bites. Not to mention it looks really, really weird.

Apple Pie Bagels

And now you know, so go forth and enjoy homemade, seasonal bagels! They are awesome!!

Apple Pie Bagels

{One year ago: Proper Texas Nachos}

Source: slightly adapted from Bakeaholic Mama

2 cups apple cider
1/4 cup butter
5-6 cups King Arthur Bread Flour (AP works well too)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
3/4 tbs ground cinnamon
1/4 tbs ground nutmeg
2 1/2 tsp (1 packet) instant dry yeast
1 cup peeled and diced apples (1 medium apple)

1 egg white, beaten until smooth and no longer “gloppy”
1/4 cup room temperature butter
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

On your stove top, warm the cider and butter just until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, add one cup flour, sugar, cider mixture, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, apples and yeast. Using the dough hook, mix on medium speed until it is combined. Keeping the mixer on medium, mix in the remaining flour a 1/2 cup at a time until the dough comes together and is just barely sticky.
Turn mixer to high and “knead” the dough for about 4-6 minutes or until the dough is elastic. If the dough seems too wet while mixing slowly add 1 tbs of flour at a time while mixing.
Turn dough out into a large bowl greased with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. Allow to rise until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down with your fist, and separate into 12 equal sized pieces. Place on a lightly floured surface. Shape the bagels by forming a ball and poking a hole in the center with your thumb. Use two thumbs to widen the hole a little until they are the size you want.
Once bagels are shaped, allow to rise for another 10-30 minutes on your floured surface, covered with a clean and slightly damp kitchen towel.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Preheat your oven to 420 F.
While you are waiting on the water, make the topping. To prepare the topping, add all of the ingredients into a small bowl and use a fork to mix until it is crumbly but not completely combined.
When the water comes to a boil, drop 3 bagels in at a time and boil for about 30 seconds per side. Remove with a spider or large slotted spoon.
After boiling, place bagels onto a silpat or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Brush with your egg white and sprinkle with your topping. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they bagels are golden brown and cooked through.

6 responses to “Apple Pie Bagels

  1. Julie,
    My kids have been bagel-less since last January (2012!) when they started in braces.

    And they miss bagels!

    I think one of the post-braces treat should be a homemade (everything, though that’s the favorite) bagel. Thanks for all the trouble shooting!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Oh your poor children – I remember braces. So not fun. Yes, they definitely deserve some homemade bagels when their teeth are finally freed from the metal! 🙂

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