Bagels are the yummiest and most delicious sweet that you will come across. No wonder everyone loves them. There is no time and place to have one, and you can grab a couple from the store and much on one as you walk to your car in the parking. The best part of having a bagel is it’s easy and clean. You cannot think of consuming a pizza or burger or fries the same way. However, going to the nearest store can be a hassle, which can be a few-minute drive and then the queue for the bagels. So here we present you with a friendly and delicious gluten-free bagel recipe.
How To Make Gluten-free Bagel
- Bread Flour – 3 ½ cups or 490 grams) Gluten-Free plus more for sprinkling
- Sugar – 2 tbsp. (25 grams), preferably granulated sugar
- Yeast – 2 tsp. (6 grams)
- Butter – 6 tbsp. (84 grams) preferably unsalted
- Egg wash – Mix 1 tbsp. milk with one egg and beat it well to make an egg wash mix
- Plain water – 1 cup warm water (8 ½ ounces)
- Kosher salt – to taste or 1 ½ tsp.
- Set your oven to preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take a baking paper and use it to line your baking tray and keep it aside. Preferably use unbleached parchment paper.
- Take a large enough saucepan, pour in around 6 cups of water, and place it on low flame to let it quickly come to a slow boil. To this water, add one tablespoon molasses and one teaspoon kosher salt. Skip the salt if the butter you are using is salted.
- As the water comes to a boil, let us prepare the dough. Collect all the flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast and granulated sugar to the flour and mix it well until it is incorporated. You can use a mixer or whisker for faster preparation.
- Now add some warm water to the flour mixture and mix the contents till they are well combined. When using a machine, start at a slow speed and then work your way to higher rates, else the water will splash outside the bowl.
- Either melt the butter or cut it into small cubes and put it in the dough mix. Knead this mix under the machine for 5 – 7 minutes.
- Keep scraping the sides of the bowl so that all the ingredients are mixed well.
- Once done, the dough should finally appear very smooth and thick.
- The dough needs to rest for a while before you can use. Cover it with a plastic or metal wrap or a cloth and send it to the fridge for 5 – 10 minutes. After this, the dough will become quite soft and comparatively easier to process. Do this process for all recipes that involve dough.
- Please take out the dough from the fridge and start shaping it. To do this, lightly spread some flour on your kitchen counter or a surface on which you can roll the dough. Turn and mold the dough on the surface to make it smoother and workable.
- Cut the dough into smaller pieces, large enough for you to make into bagels.
- Use your kitchen skills to give the dough a round shape. Ensure the holes in the center of the bagels are at least 1-inch wide so that the bagels can cook well and evenly inside the oven.
- Then put them on the baking tray lined with parchment paper. Ensure to keep a sufficient distance between the doughs and do not touch the sides of the tray.
- Boil the bagels in the boiling water we prepared for just 45 – 60 seconds, not more. Ensure you turn over each bagel so that they get boiled evenly.
- Then place them on the baking tray again and coat them with the egg wash we prepared.
- Send the baking tray to the oven and let them bake for 15 – 20 minutes until you see them turn golden brown. Use the toothpick method or knife method to check if the bagel is done. If it is done, the toothpick or knife will come out smoothly without any dough residue on it.
- Once ready, take it out and place it on a wire rack to cool down naturally. Serve warm.
That’s it. Your homemade gluten-free bagels are done and ready to be enjoyed. Though the steps look cumbersome, they are actually quite simple and you can prepare with the most basic ingredients that are always available in your kitchen. The entire process takes just 40 minutes and is relatively better than the hassle of going to the nearest store to grab a few. Your family and friends are going to enjoy this.
How To Store Gluten-free Bagels
You can easily store bagels at room temperature for a day without losing the taste or texture. But don’t keep them outside overnight. They won’t last that long.
Before consuming the bagels, ensure you cover them with a slightly wet paper towel and send them to the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Send them to the fridge where they will last up to 7 days in an air-tight container. Send them to the freezer in an air-tight box for longer storage where they will easily last 3 months or more.
Tips For Gluten-free Bagel Recipe
- You can add seeds topping after the egg wash for a richer experience.
- Use salt moderately if you are using salted butter.
Though this bagel recipe is gluten-free, it is not vegan. You will need some dairy in butter and milk to ensure it has a rich flavor. Even the egg wash leaves its own distinct and beautiful taste and finish. So it’s challenging to get a good result if you are planning to make a vegan one out of this recipe. I hope the information in the article has been helpful, and you will be able to make your homemade bagels.