Easy Homemade Plain Jewish Deli Bagels
Bagels, no matter the flavor, are expensive to buy from your neighborhood Jewish deli, but we buy them because they are delicious and we can never have enough. Now you can stop spending so much money at the Jewish deli and make a Jewish deli out of your home. For Israeli spreads to put on your bagel, click here


· 4 cups bread flour 
· 1 tbs sugar 
· 1 1/2 tsp salt 
· 1 tbs vegetable oil 
· 2 tps instant yeast 
· 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups of warm water 


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. The dough should feel stiff, but add the extra water if it’s really stiff, or you can’t get all the dry flour incorporated. Plop the dough down onto the counter, and knead for about ten minutes, or until the dough is uniform and smooth. Cut the dough into 8 equal sized balls, and let rest for 10-20 minutes. 

Preheat your oven to 425F. Take each of the dough balls and using two hands, roll it into a little snake on the counter. When the snake is longer than the width of your two hands, wrap it around your dominant roiling hand. The dough rope should be wrapped so the overlapping ends are together at your palm, near the start of your fingers. 

Now take the two overlapping ends, and use your palm to squish/roll these two ends together. Once the dough is fused, you should have a perfectly circular bagel-to-be! Let your bagels rest on the counter for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil, and grease a large baking tray lightly. You can just rub a splash of vegetable oil and rub it around. 

After the 20 minute wait, your bagels will start to look puffy, and it’s time to get them boiling! Add them as many at a time as you can to your boiling water without crowding them. Boil for about a minute, turn them over, and boil for another minute. 

Take them out a let dry for a minute and then place them on your oiled baking tray. Repeat until all the bagels are boiled. Add the tray to the oven, and after 10 minutes, flip the bagels over, bake for another ten minutes. 

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