I try to keep some on hand in the freezer but they never last long.
Cut the dough into three pieces . Don't worry if they are not exactly the same size, close is good enough
Cut each log into 6 to 12 pieces. This will depend on whether you want small , medium or large size bagels. If you want mini bagels for appetizers than cut each log into 16 pieces
Pinch dough as you shape it into a ball. You want to develop a "Cloak of Gluten", like a skin, so that the dough holds its shape.
The hole should be big enough to put your thumb and finger through. Turn/rotate the dough stretching as you turn.
Place each bagel as it is shaped on a floured board. Let rise for 20 minutes. While the bagels are rising, bring a large pot of water to boil and add a tablespoon of sugar. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Drop 3 or 4 bagels into the water and cook for 20 to 30 seconds per side. Remove and drain on paper towels or a tea towel. Place on a cookie sheet covered with foil or parchment, sprinkled with cornmeal.
Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with favourite topping; plain, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, sea salt, onions, cheese, etc..
Full size bagels and a few mini bagels . Perfect to serve as an appetizer topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon
Source: Hors d'oeuvres Cook Book.
I have typed it exactly as the recipe is printed in the book. If you have a bread machine or Kitchenaide by all means use it to do most of the kneading. I always like to finish the kneading by hand. You can also make these into normal size bagels. I have used this recipe for over 20 years. I have tried other recipes but this is my favourite one.
2 cups warm water
2 packages active dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
about 5 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
3 quarts water with 1 tablespoon of sugar
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
about 2 tablespoons poppy or sesame seeds.
Stir together water and yeast in large bowl of electric mixer; let stand 5 minutes to soften yeast. Stir in the sugar and salt. Gradually mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat at medium speed for 5 minutes. With a spoon, stir in about 1 1/4 cups more flour to make a stiff dough. Turn out on a floured board and knead until smooth, elastic, and no longer sticky, (about 15 minutes); add more flour as needed to prevent sticking - dough should be firmer than for most other yeast breads. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled ( about 40 minutes to 1 hour).
Punch dough down and divide into thirds. Set 2/3 of dough aside on a floured board; cover with clear plastic. Form remaining 1/3 dough in a log and cut into 16 equal pieces.
To shape, knead each piece into small ball and poke thumbs through centre. With one thumb in hole (hole should be at least 1/2 inch) work fingers around perimeter, shaping ball into a small donut- like shape about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place bagels on a floured board or tray and let stand 20 minutes.
Bring water-sugar mixture to a boil in a 4 to 5 quart pan; adjust heat to keep it boiling gently. Lightly grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Lift bagels carefully and drop into water (about 6 at a time) boil gently for 1 minute turning only once (30 seconds each side). Lift out with slotted spoon and drain very briefly on paper towels, and place on baking sheet. Brush with 1/3 of the egg yolk glaze, sprinkle with seeds and bake in a 400° oven for 20 minutes or
until richly browned. cool on racks.
Repeat with remaining 2/3 dough (you may need to punch it down before shaping,) working with 1/3 at a time. Makes 48 cocktail size bagels, or 12 to 18 larger bagels.
Here is what I did to make Onion Cheese Bagels:
I sauted some onions in butter just until tender. Not brown. After the dough had risen, I divided it into three parts. I took one of the parts, flattened it out and topped with some of the onions and some grated three year old white cheddar. Then I formed a log and divided it into 6 parts. Then I just proceeded to make 6 bagels and let them rise for about 20 minutes. After they were boiled I brushed them with the oil that the onions were cooked in and then topped them with some of the onions. The onions turned a little more brown then I would have liked so next time I will wait until half way through baking before adding the onions. I sprinkled some grated cheddar on top about 5 minutes before they were finished baking.