Bread Machine Basic Bagels
yeast, active dry
Insert ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer's instructions. Remove the dough from the machine after the first knead - approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
Place dough on a floured surface. Divide into 5 parts. Form balls, gently press thumb through center of ball and slowly stretch into bagel shape.
While bagels rise, bring three quarts of water and one tablespoon of sugar to a rapid boil in a large saucepan. Drop test dough (see hints below).
Using a slotted spoon, drop 2 to 3 bagels into rapidly boiling water. Boil on each side for ½ minutes. Remove and cool on rack 1 minute, brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds, if desired.
Bake at 400 on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal, until golden - approximately 15 minutes.