It is a Nigella Lawson recipe (surprise!), and all in all I think they turned out ok. The recipe warned that the dough was very dry and stiff, and it really was. Usually you want a wet dough, but not in this case. Kneading was hard work, but got there eventually... although I don't think I needed to do my arms workout this morning! The problem was, because the dough was so dry, it didn't really come together very well, which was a problem when shaping the bagels. As you will soon see, they are quite rough around the edges, but they taste good so that's all that matters... for a first attempt, I don't think they are too bad. Next time I will try to get them neater, there will definitely be a next time. I managed to get a good shiny, hard outside like bagels usually have which I was pleased about.
I had one for tea with a mini salad of cherry tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, feta and red onion. Almost a Greek salad, although I didn't intend it at the start! Tomorrow I am going to have one warm, with Nutella... maybe with banana as well... Oh the possibilities...
Just after I mixed the liquid in
You can see here how dry it is!
In an oiled bowl, ready to rise...
A bit rough and ready, but ready to be poached and baked
Look how fluffy they are inside, not bad if I do say so myself!