March 9, 2010

Jalapeno Bagels

I made bagels!
This is a first for me and I never would have attempted it had it not been for my oldest. The other day, while picking my son up from school, a teacher (not my son's teacher) came up to me and told me that my son had taken an interest to her Jalapeno bagel that she had baked. I'm still fuzzy on when, why, and how he came about her bagel (may have been rainy day schedule and she was the room teacher for the kids... I don't know...that's not the point), but he asked her all sorts of questions about it, tried it and liked it. My oldest then asked her to give the recipe to his mom and she did.

I had no idea how physically exhausting the bagel making process can be. The directions call for kneading the dough until it's tough. By the time the dough was tough enough, I was out of breath!
After the kneading workout, it all went smooth. I baked it to a perfect golden color. It smelled good. It looked good. And then I took a bite. YOWZA! Muy Caliente! Translation: Insane hot! Next time, I will decrease the Jalapeno peppers by 1/2 the amount. Although, with a lot of cream cheese and jelly it was worth the calories. Plus, my sinuses were all cleared up after eating the bagel.

Below is the recipe. If you like hot salsa or Tabasco sauce, you probably won't want to modify the recipe. However, if you are more of a mild salsa kind of person, then decrease the Jalapenos by about 1/2.

Jalapeno Bagels
  • 1 3/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 to 6 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup jalapenos, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried red peppers

Mix water, yeast, salt, and sugar. Add flour and jalapenos and mix into a ball. Knead for 10 to 12 minutes, adding more flour if necessary, until dough is stiff. Add red peppers and knead for 3 minutes. Let dough rest 10 minutes, then cut into 12 pieces with a knife.

Roll each piece of dough on a table to form long tube-like shapes. Then, for each of the twelve pieces, connect the two ends by overlapping them about 3/4 of an inch and rolling the ends together to make a ring shape. Make sure each joint is secure or it will come apart while boiling.

Cover with a damp towel and let rise 1 to 2 hours in a warm spot. In a large pot, bring 1 to 2 gallons of water to a rolling boil. Place bagels in boiling water and boil until they float. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy if you dare!

I think I'll substitute the Jalapenos with blueberries next time.



Katy @ Pie Bird Blog said...

Wowza! Bagels! I'm super impressed. Haven't had those turn out right yet :) Can't wait to give it another shot with this recipe - thanks!

Bobbinoggin said...

yum! I love recipes with pictures, made by real people... as opposed to fake... right. Anyway, I'll have to try this! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

These sound awesome, I love spicy stuff! Did you let him have one in the end or were they too hot for him?

Madelynnnn said...

Oh, these sound great! Anything that makes my nose run gets a thumps up in my book :)

Pretty Ditty said...

Fridica - Yes, I did let him have one. He liked them, but a couple of bites were a little too hot. I also think I should have chopped up the Jalapenos a little more.

Thanks =)

Jill said...

These sound amazing! Now only if I had the time!

suzof7 said...

Wow! My daughter has been on a bagel-making kick. They are labor intensive! I'm going to try the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day version and see if that helps. It should because it pretty much eliminates kneading!

Those look wonderful!

Lisa said...

I'm all about making bread, but bagels...I don't know. There's kind of a fun bagel shop in our town and I doubt I could even approach how well they do it. Brave of you to try, though!

Anonymous said...

Did you seed the jalapeno before chopping it up? The seeds contain a TON of the heat. These sound fabulous! I think I'll give them a try.


Brit and Heath said...

I've always wanted to make bagels. By the way, where did you get that beautiful plate! I want some!
thanks for sharing,

Pretty Ditty said...

Megan and Brit/Heath - The plate is from Anthropologie and it was on sale last Christmas. The sale price is going to kill you... $3.95!!!! The original price was $12.00. That was a great day =)

Ginger - That is a great idea! I like spicy, just not watery eyes spicy. I'm sure that getting rid of the seeds will do the trick. Thanks!

jacqueline said...

I love Jalapenos and this looks yummie! I do wanna try this out hehe Thanks so much for sharing. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Shawnna said...

I just made these and they are fantastic! I did not use the jalapenos though, garlic and cheese instead....mmmmmmmm

Thanks for the recipe:)

Portia said...

Cream cheese AND jelly on a BAGEL!?! I didn't know ppl in SoCal ate that stuff. I'm always amazed when a friend tells me about their eating habits down there.

Looks delish!

Anonymous said...

I finally had the time to attempt these yesterday afternoon. I used 3 cups of all-purpose flour and 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Also, I used one large jalapeno pepper, seeded of course. They turned out SO good...not very pretty, but darn tasty! The only thing I will change is to actually use MORE jalapeno because, well, it needs more! The larger the jalapeno, the milder it is. Add to that the fact that I seeded it and there was very little heat and very little flavor. I think I'll try craisin/tangelo next! Thanks so much for inspiring me to make bagels.


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