I worked in a bakery for a while when I was going to school. I love bagels so I learned how to make them.
This recipe is super easy to make. People think it;s hard to make bagels but it's not. My kids love bread and bagels is one of them. I started making bagels just for them and they love them. All my cooking revolves around my kids. They are my influence in the kitchen and this is one of their favorite recipes.
In a food processor or mixer or large bowl add water, sugar and yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes until frothy. Add flour, salt an olive oil until dough forms. Put dough on lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until dough is smooth.( At this point I divide the dough in half put half back in food processor ad a small box of raisins and 2 tsp ground cinnamon and mix together to make the cinnamon raisin bagels optional.) Divide dough into 8 equal balls. put dough on floured board an cover them with plastic wrap let them sit for 20 minutes.
In large pot bring about 10 cups of water to a boil.
Preheat oven to 425 F. prepare your baking sheets with parchment paper. After 20 minutes roll one of the balls into a log and form a circle making sure the ends are no longer visible. repeat the process until all the balls are shaped into bagels. put the shaped bagels in floured surface so they don't stick cover them with plastic wrap and let them sit for 20 minutes.
After the 20 minutes put a dry clean kitchen towel next to the pot of boiling water. Add 2 tbs.baking soda to the boiling water and drop 2-3 bagels in the water at a time. Boil them 1 minute on each side get them out with a slotted spoon and place them on the kitchen towel to drain for couple of seconds. Repeat process until all bagels are done. Place drained bagels on parchment paper and to stick the sesame seeds do an egg wash and sprinkle the seeds. Bake the bagels for 10 minutes on each side a total of 20 minutes all together. Take them out of the oven and let them cool and enjoy.