Sesame bagels with slices of gouda.
It is CHILLY here this morning. So chilly that we didn't want to leave our house. Actually, we didn't even want to leave the warm bedroom ;)
So, I decided to bake something to warm up the kitchen. I had never made bagels before, but had been told by countless friends that they are EASY. I had leftover pizza dough from Saturday night--let's try it out.
Now, my reliable source of bagel cooking information, the internet, has some differing views on how exactly to cook them. Boil anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes; cook anywhere from 400 degrees to 475, from 15 minutes to 35 minutes. It was confusing--I think I'll just have to do trial and error. Honestly, for the first attempt, they really were pretty good.
Dough--I just used basic pizza dough recipe. Decent--but not quite salty enough for my liking. I want to try pumpernickel next time.
Boil--I boiled for about a minute. Next time, I'm going to boil these a little longer--my bagels weren't quite as chewy as I'd like them. I'll try five minutes next time and let you know how that goes.
This was a happy accident. I'd picked up a bag of citrus from the bin marked "Navel Oranges" at the farmer's market. I was surprised (and pleased) to find that these were actually grapefruit. The sweetest grapefruit I've had in a long time!
Here's the final product--albeit a bit mishappen, they were nice and crusty. I baked at 400 for around 25 minutes. Next time, I'll try higher heat and a shorter cooking time. Of course, we didn't have cream cheese. Pictured below is goat gouda that paired up quite well.