Whether sprinkled with poppy seeds or sesame seeds, whether sweet or savoury – these yeasted bread rings have a long tradition. Bagels are traditional Eastern European breads that were brought to the USA by immigrants. These days, they are as much a fixture of American life as the
Combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and olive oil and knead everything for about 8 minutes to make a smooth, pliable dough. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave the dough to rise in a warm spot for about 1 hour.
Dust the dough with flour and remove it from the bowl. Dust your benchtop with flour and knead the dough briefly, then shape it into a thick sausage. Divide the dough into 8 even portions and shape each portion into a round. Dust the handle of a wooden spoon with flour and use it to make a hole in the centre of each dough round. Widen the hole to about
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Slide the trays into the oven and
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