How hard can it be? To make bagels? Not too, apparently. I didn’t have the barley malt syrup. Didn’t even want to try to find it. Not that I don’t like bagels, but sometimes it’s easier to buy them then to make them. I eat them so rarely…I’m not sure if it adds to the taste, but I thought these tasted a bit strange. Maybe they needed to raise more? I don’t really know. They just tasted….strange. I can’t even quite describe how they tasted.
This is probably not a recipe I would make alone. The whole boiling process about drove me nuts and I was moving as fast as I could to get them in and out and on racks to drain.
I made the Rich Chocolate Babka at the same time, and I think these suffered in cooking time. They really should have cooked longer…or I should put a light in the oven. I know I need to find an oven thermometer as I’m sure this one isn’t quite up to temperature.
I ate them. They were better toasted dark and crispy with butter (or spray in my case). Yes I use butter spray! There I said it!! It’s the only way I can truly cut that fat out of my diet. If I had real butter…well let’s just say the inner fat chick would be an outer fat chick.