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I made this. Really.

March 3rd, 2008

I made bagels. Real bagels! Bagels that taste like I remembered from Bagel King in Walnut Creek a lifetime ago. I base every bagel I ever try to the Bagel King bagels, and so far nothing compares (Noah’s comes close). I live where krumkake and lutefisk are as common as bagels in NYC - so finding a good bagel in my area that comes even remotely close to my Bagel King comparison is non existent. Until now - and it’s right out of my own oven.

When I saw this post over at My Paper Crane, I just KNEW I had to try it. And check out that carrot cake she’s got too. Way too advanced for my limited cooking and baking skills… but it’s sure darn pretty to look at!

Not being one to follow directions, I used regular flour instead of bread flour (didn’t even know there was such a thing). You’re also supposed to kneed the dough for 15 minutes. Yeah. I gave it 5. But no matter… it all worked out for me!

Newest member of the staff - Henrietta. Isn’t she cute! She’s an egg cooker thingamabob. Way cool and she makes perfect soft, medium and hard boiled eggs. I really miss my chickens, so Henrietta is doing the egg thing for me now. Henrietta inspects the just rolled bagels. She’s got that I danno… they don’t look like bagels to me look.

Bagel Day

Time to tuck in the bagels for a nap. I let them sleep for almost an hour, and then gave them a boiling quick bath right before they went in the oven.

Bagel Day

Someone wanted to help… and make a flat bagel.

Bagel Day

Golden and happy. Happy bagels. Happy me.

Bagel Day

Omega 3 bliss. I was too eager to eat this that I skipped the tomatoes and the poor-man’s-caviar (capers).

Bagel Day

If I can make these bagels… ANYONE can!  Ga head… lick your monitor. No one’s looking. Guten appétit!

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46 Responses

  1. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:

    gonna fess up here.. I never ate a bagel in my life.. rise, boiled then cooked? OK! I dont even know where’d I’d be them out in the hillbilly area I live! :O) Sure look interesting though.. a donut shaped breadroll thats boiled and baked?

    I like Henrietta though, we had one of those sort of things when I was growing up, not a flash chooky one, but they work fantastic! must have to get another one!


  2. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Wow…congrats on the bagel success!!!! Love your eggy thingy,too!
    Also, congrats on the Q&M spread….great job, again, my friend! I just picked it up and shazam!!!!
    There you were!!!!
    Keep on eatin’ those bagels and look forward to a sample when I return!

  3. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Man do they look good! I come from Pennsylvania and I really haven’t had a bagel equal to the east since I moved to Utah when I was 17. Those look incredible. I must try!

  4. The fabulous Anina allegedly said:

    Yum! I made bagels once, and they were good, but it was such a big job. These seem simpler.

  5. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Wow! Very impressive. I think for the one bagel I eat every other week or so I’ll stick to the Noah’s downtown. Especially since Bret gets it for me on Saturday morning when I’m still in my pjs and brings it home all warm and toasty. No sour cream,no nothing. Just bagel. Yum.

    Love the chickeny egg cooker.

  6. The fabulous lindamade allegedly said:

    wow! those look fantastic. i am going to have to try them.

  7. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    OH my gosh - these look delicious! Yes, I’m licking the monitor and I’m salivating just looking at that last shot - is that salmon and cream cheese??? Pure delish. Can you over night me some?

  8. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    Well I gotta tell you I am very very impressed with you Miss Monica. Way to go!!! I see a cute doggy lying back there waiting patiently.

  9. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Holly molly do those ever look good!! And I love your Henrietta chicken :-)!

  10. The fabulous dorkyquilts allegedly said:

    Okay, TSAB, this is really spooky. Bagels, cream cheese, lox and tomatoes are my favorite thing on earth to eat. I lived on them during my college years. I never tried capers on them! Something to look forward to.

    I did make homemade bagels a few years back. I think they would have made better tires than food. You obviously are the better cooking twin.

    No wonder Mom always liked you best.

  11. The fabulous dorkyquilts allegedly said:

    Oh! Forgot to say! Congrats on the magazine spread. I need to go to Borders and buy one. So exciting!

  12. The fabulous Anne Heidi allegedly said:

    Those bagels look sooo good, now try to find ANY bagel here, in the country of lutefisk and krumkake- not easy!! I’ll pop over and get that receipe right away. Thank you for sharing!

  13. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    Okay, so when are you going to tell everyone the “real” reason you have the Spring Quilts and More picture on your blog!!! I would be so excited, I would be telling everyone!

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Heck, I’m happy for me! I love it! I posted about it on my blog today. Go check it out!

    By the way…the bagels look great. I love bagels, too.

  14. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Hi Monica! I have to tell you I am SO impressed with your bagels! And you’ve got it all dressed up in that last picture exactly the way I would~ :-)

  15. The fabulous Christiane allegedly said:

    bagel heaven! here a good bagel is not available, but we have Brezeln and Doener= turkish bread with roasted chicken or veal and salad with yoghurt sauce and some garlic, oh well now it’s nice but tommorrow…….TG I had one a little while ago, because if not I had to lick the monitor, definitely!

  16. The fabulous coffeechris allegedly said:

    Bagel-i-scious - they looks so good! Never tried making bagels - it is a family favorite, here - need to give a try. Henrietta is so cute - where did you get her?
    Much joy and kudos on your work and publication.

  17. The fabulous Rachel allegedly said:

    Where on earth did you find such a cute egg cooker? I want one!

  18. The fabulous tina allegedly said:

    I adore bagels and my measure all bagels are Bagel King in Orlando Florida. I wonder if they are the same, probably not. Those everything bagels can make a girl weep.

    I have succeeded in making one using the King Arthur seed=y topping mix and their malt stuff that you put in the boiling water. I have not made them in ages and ages!

    I am now so boogerin’ hungry for bagels licking the screen is not enough!!

    I bow to your domestic-ness !

  19. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Wow — how impressive! We must add this to your list of Goddess Qualities — once again You Rock!!!

  20. The fabulous wendy allegedly said:

    Bagels are cool, but your chicken, fantastic!
    I have 5 hens, just love them, we call them our little dinosaurs. My birthday is coming up, what great timing, I’m going to ask for a kitchen chicken!

  21. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Holy crap, girl. You MADE bagels??!! Wow, I’m so impressed. I mean, not that I didn’t know you were capable of it, just that you took all the time to do it. I thought about making bagels this one time, then decided it took too much time. You are, again, my inspiration….this time to make bagels. :)

  22. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    They look amazing! NEVER EVER tell me that you can’t cook again. I’m not listening to that nonsense, but I am drooling… Henrietta’s a darlin’ little chicken! Glad she’s keeping you company in your way cute kitchen.

  23. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    Oooooooo…..those bagels do look good …. so good that I printed out the recipe ….. BUT here’s the big question …… will it all end there? or will I actually get my lazy self to make them? (I did make some a loooooong time ago ….. back in high school…. I’m don’t really remember how they tasted, but I think my brother was able to use one for a hockey puck ……)

  24. The fabulous Angela allegedly said:

    Oh god — um, you’re making me all nostalgic for the bagel bakery we went to when I was a kid. No place to eat, you didn’t sit down — just a stand up area with bins full of really fresh bagels. And you could look into the back and see them boiling them and on huge industrial ovens. If you got there early enough on a Sunday morning you could get them still warm from the ovens. Oh — a salt stick to go and then a light toast with cream cheese and some fresh tomatoes — oh yeah. Sorry, I’m on a nostalgia trip because the closest I get to these in Illinois is Chesapeake Bagel — and well, they just aren’t the same darn it. I wonder if I could make some…

  25. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    Those bagels look amazing! Good enough to reach through the computer, grab one and eat. And, more importantly, I have my very own Henrietta! She’s the best thing since sliced bread (or bagels, as the case may be).

  26. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    It is so shocking that you’ve been lying to me all this time. seriously. You said you don’t cook. Making bagels is advanced kitchen life.

    I still love you, and now I’m more impressed than ever! those bagels look fantastic! I just posted a pita recipe and I think you’re ready to make them.

    Henrietta is super cute.

    I think you’re going to have to get more chickens eventually. Seriously. You’re a hen lady. No doubt about it!!!

  27. The fabulous kristin allegedly said:

    You are an adorable person…I love your bagels, and I just love the way you talk(write). Enjoying your blog lots. Henrietta is super cute, and if I liked eggs, I would have to find one immediately. Luv, Kristin

  28. The fabulous melissa ann allegedly said:

    oh my, those look yummy!

  29. The fabulous Randi allegedly said:

    Homemade bagels are too yummy! We also make them with blueberries or cinnamon and raisins.

  30. The fabulous Kristin J allegedly said:

    OOOH, I just picked up Quilts n More and saw/drooled over your quiltilicious contribution! I love the color combination and I can’t wait to make it. THANKS for this great blog where I spend a lot of my free time lately. . .

  31. The fabulous ellen crimi-trent allegedly said:

    there is no bread or bagels in my diet these days, I am trying to finally get those unwanted lbs off!! By the way I love Heidi’s stuff over at Paper Crane, she is my softie idol!!!


  32. The fabulous Wendy allegedly said:

    Oh man I wish I could stay home today and make bagels. Your bagels look so yummy. I can’t wait to give them a try. The eggy thingy is so cute, is that for hard boiled eggs???

  33. The fabulous Pieces allegedly said:

    I love krumkake! We make it every Christmas.

    The bagels look fantastic and I am going to try them this weekend. Then my husband will profess his undying love for me and do the dishes. Win, win!

  34. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    sp, michael is the bagel maker in this house and a fine job he does too. he uses a recipe from the ‘new york cook book’ its been a while so will have to give him a wee reminder! x

  35. The fabulous Kelli allegedly said:

    Oooh, Monica. As a fellow bagel lover (and regular consumer) color me impressed! Bravo! Carbs for all!

  36. The fabulous amy purple allegedly said:

    They look great! I think i might give bagel making a shot.

    We’ve tried making soft pretzels before, but we can’t ever seem to get them to have that darker brown color on the outside. Not sure what the trick is to those.

  37. The fabulous Kris allegedly said:

    Wow, I’m sooo very impressed! I think I’m inspired to give them a try!!!
    PS - Love Henri!!! She’s a keeper!

  38. The fabulous julie allegedly said:

    Yum! they look so golden and delicious. Cream cheese for me!

  39. The fabulous Nanna Jamma allegedly said:

    Your bagels look yummy! You did a great job, from the looks of it. I want one - NOW!!!
    Henrietta is such a cutie - I want her, too. As I always used to tell my son, “It’s good to want things” - LOL!!!

  40. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Yummy!!! Me want some right now. lol!
    The only Noah’s I know is the one in Pasadena on Lake Ave. I loooove their power bagel. Yum!

    Aaawwww! Look at your clucky, Henrietta. She’s so cute!

  41. The fabulous June allegedly said:

    Wow, I’m so impressed! For some reason, I always imagined the making of bagels as some mysterious process that I could never do myself. You’ve given me hope.

  42. The fabulous Moog allegedly said:

    I didn’t think there was anything bad about krumkaka until I saw the definition on Wikipedia. Mine are strictly the butter, flour, vanilla kind, made one teaspoon at a time. I make them every-other year, at Christmas. The bagels look like a challenge - very close to making pretzels from scratch (yeah, I don’t do that either, but I have made English muffins). I just about bolted out of my chair to go get the magazine, but was told that Freddies isn’t likely to have it. Patience, Moog, not everyone is acquainted with the world-reknowned M S-S; there should be copies at Barnes and Nobel after 5. Breath deeply into the brown bag, there will be a copy for you.

  43. The fabulous Kairle allegedly said:

    Cool! Now my three girlfriends and I can just pop over to your place on Monday and Friday mornings for our bagels and diet Coke. You do keep diet Coke on hand, don’t you?! BTW, Henrietta does fine job in QC department!

  44. The fabulous Em allegedly said:

    Now I’m tempted… they look great!

  45. The fabulous Arlette allegedly said:

    Wow, I never even thought to make my own bagels. Somehow I always end up with sticky dough whenever I try to make anything bread-like. Must be related to our humid weather. Yours looks delish and I think you’ve inspired me to try my hand at it. The recipe looks simple enough.

  46. The fabulous emilie allegedly said:

    oh yum ! i tried to make bagels once - since they’re impossible to get in switzerland - and they turned out flat and ugly looking. congratulations on yours ! thank you for the link, i might just go ahead and try again !

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