2 c warm water
1 T yeast
2 T honey
2 T molasses
1 t. coconut oil
2 t. salt
4 c whole wheat bread flour
1 to 1 Ĺ cups unbleached white flour
1 T Sucanat or cane juice crystals
I use my Bosch to make these in, but a Kitchen Aid will do the trick as well. In the bowl of your mixer combine water and yeast. Let sit a minute or two and add honey, molasses, coconut oil and salt. Stir this up a little. Now add 4 cups of the whole wheat bread flour and knead. It will be sticky and you will need to add the unbleached white flour a little at a time while the mixer is kneading. Knead and add flour until the dough no longer sticks to the side of the bowl.
At this point, knead for another 4 to 7 minutes (the longer time with the Kitchen Aid). Cover the mixing bowl with a towel and let it rise for 30 minutes.
Turn on the mixer and punch it down. Divide the dough into 16 small pieces. Form each piece into a bagel. The way I do this is as follows: Roll the dough into a small circle. Flatten it between my hands. Roll the outer edge of the dough under to make a nice round shape and at the same time use your thumbs to push through the center. It takes a little time and practice to get this down, but before you know it.. your dough will actually look like a bagel!
Lay each bagel on a cookie tray that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. I use two cookie trays. Cover with a towel and let rise until double in bulk. This will take about 20 to 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400.
When the bagels have risen get a small sauce pan and fill about half way with water and add the 1T of Sucanat. Bring to a boil.
Carefully lift each bagel from the tray and set it in the boiling water. I use a spatula to do this. Cover the pan and let it boil for 20 seconds. Uncover and turn the bagel, cover with the lid and boil for another 20 seconds. Remove from pan and place back on cookie tray. Repeat this for all bagels.
After the first tray has been boiled, put them in the preheated oven and bake for about 23 to 25 minutes. You donít want them too dark or they will be to crusty on the outside and that does not make for very enjoyable eating!
While those are baking, do the second tray of bagels and just let them sit on the counter until the first tray is done. Then bake the second tray.
Enjoy these delicious bagels with cream cheese and honey or fruit sweetened jam! Yum!!
NOTE: I have used half wheat and half kamut flour in place of the all whole wheat flour and found them equally delicious!
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