I like to cook bread, but I am really not a baker, so I cheat all the time and use a bread machine. I know this isn’t as purist as some people like, but hey, it works … and most people can do it too.
(By the way, if you want some really really really good bread recipes, check out http://www.girlversusdough.com/. She is my new neighbor and an excellent blogger.)
On occasion, I make bagels because it is one of those breads that I can make successfully. Today, I am adding a seasonal flare to them by using some pumpkin pie filling in the dough.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 4 tablespoons pumpking pie filling
- 3 cups flower
- 2.25 teaspoons of active dry yeast
- pot of boiling water
- 4 tablespoons white sugar
- Cornmeal (to cover a baking sheet)
- 1 egg white
Combine the water, salt, sugar, pie filling, flower, and yeast in your bread machine in the order it recommends. Most bread machines will ask for the order I listed the ingredients if you are not sure. One tip is to make an indent in the top of the flour to pour the yeast into. This will keep it dry until the machine starts. This is especially important if you have your machine set on a timer.
Now, when the bread machine is done, I like to let the dough rise a little more (:30 ish). This gives the bagel dough a little more fluffiness.