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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Flavorful Hearty Bagels

Making tasty gluten-free bagels is surprisingly easy. Every time I whip some up, I'm constantly amazed at how delicious they are without the traditional boiling required by non-GF bagel recipes.  These tasty bagels are filled with seeds of all kinds.  The variety of seeds add a wonderful nutty crunch and flavor to these bagels. They're great toasted with cream cheese - or just plain fresh out of the oven!  You can even slice and fill with sandwich toppings, too.  Like a hearty bread.  Enjoy!
Gluten Free Flavorful Hearty Bagels
Piping hot and ready to eat. 

Flavorful Hearty Bagels
Makes 8 bagels

Line 2 cookie sheets with silicon mat or parchment paper.

In a 2 cup measuring cup mix and let rest 5 minutes:
2/3 cup warm water
4 Tbsp honey
2 tsp rapid rise yeast (quick-rise yeast)

Add to yeast mixture:
2 egg
4 Tbsp oil

Set liquids aside, and mix together in a mixer (it's important to mix the dry ingredients so the xanthan gum gets thoroughly mixed in):
1 1/3 cup tapioca starch
1 cup brown rice flour
4 Tbsp potato starch
2 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt

Add liquids to mixer.  Mix on low, until combined.  Then mix on medium speed, scraping occasionally, for 2-3 minutes.  Batter will be nice and smooth.

Add and let mix until seeds are evenly spread: 
1-2 Tbsp poppyseeds
1-2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
1-2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
1/2 - 1 Tbsp sesame seeds

Put batter into a Ziploc (I like the freezer bags because they’re stronger).  Cut ¾” – 1” off one corner.  Pipe 4 bagels onto each prepared cookie sheet. Using wet hands, spread bagels so the holes are nice and big. You can also smooth out any areas that are a bit lumpy.  Wet bagels even if you don't re-shape them.

Let rise in a warm location for 30-40 minutes.  They’ll look a bit puffier, but won’t fully double in size.

Gluten Free Bagels before rising
Pipe out and use wet hands to smooth bagels.  Even if you don't want to reshape the bagels, brush with water.  They'll puff up, but not quite double in size as seen on right.

Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes until browned.  Cool on cooling rack.  The bagels are fabulous fresh and hot.  Once cooled, you can slice and freeze if you aren’t planning to eat them right away. These are great toasted with cream cheese.  Enjoy!
Gluten Free Hearty Bagels
Fresh from the oven!

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