It was a cold and blustery day in PA... a good day to be inside. My husband was out of town. It was a day off work for my dear daughter and me. It was a perfect day to try our hand at... making bagels!
We LOVE Panera bagels, especially the Asiago ones and the cinnamon toast ones. But we don't live near a Panera. So unless we wanted to drive a distance (which we didn't), we would have to make our own.
We did a little research, read and compared recipes and finally decided on THIS ONE (Asiago) and THIS ONE (Cinnamon Crunch).
We convened at my house and got started:
Brody had his faced washed and was ready to get busy.
As usual, the cats were excited and involved... #sarcasm
Double checking the recipes:
Beautiful new KitchenAid mixer did a wonderful job mixing up the dough.
But nothing beats hand kneading!
Our dough raised beautifully!
Dough shaped into 13 rounds. Starting to look like bagels now!
Short break for a belly rub:
|"Awww thanks Sissy! You know the BEST spots!"|
Next the bagels got boiled for a few minutes...
Grating the cheese...
Ready for the oven now...
Sprinkled with the cheese and baking in the oven.
Smelled soooooo good!
TA DA! Beautiful finished Asiago bagels! #AsGoodAsPaneras #MaybeEvenBetter
Next up, the Cinnamon Crunch bagels. (We were pros by now!)
Then kitchen tidied up...
Two happy (and just-a-little-tired) bagel loving' girls:
We divided the bagels and darling daughter went home.
All told, about 4.5 hours, start to finish...
The cats were EXHAUSTED!