I have conquered The Bagel! Ok, they look slightly gnarly but not bad for a first attempt!
Bagels are something that I have been wanting to make for a long time but I never had the time, and the processes involved (such as dipping them in simmering water for a few minutes), had always daunted me. Recently, I have had some time on my hands so, at long last, I set about the bagel challenge and it was not as intimidating as it had previously appeared. If you have made bread before then you are well able to make bagels. If you live in New York, in the vicinity of an abundance of delis then, really, I wouldn’t bother! But if, as I do, you live in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Ireland (or any other country), it really is worth doing. They taste so much better than shop bought with a lovely, chewy texture that all good bagels should have. Continue reading