I use a bread machine to mix the dough. Life is so much easier with a bread machine. But if you insist on working your biceps, feel free to knead away.
Things you will need:
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons of white sugar
3 cups bread flour
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
Once dough is complete:
3 quarts boiling water
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoons cornmeal*
1 egg white
*The cornmeal I consider to be optional. It is used to help release the bagels from the pan. I'm not a huge fan of cornmeal and use a non stick cookie sheet. The bagels release with no problem and now cooking spray.
1. Place the first 5 ingredients into the bread machine in the listed order. Water, salt, sugar, flour and yeast. Select the dough setting or start if you choose, start kneading away.
2. When the cycle is complete, let the dough rest on a lightly floured surface. Meanwhile, in a large pot bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar. (I have found that if I let the dough rise longer than the complete bread machine cycle, the dough responds better. The dough should be pliable and just barely sticky.)
3. Cut dough into 9 equal pieces, and role each piece into a small ball. Flatten balls. (do not actually flatten them flat. Just pat them down until the top is level.) Poke a hole in the middle of each with your thumb. Twirl the dough on your finger or thumb to enlarge the hole, and to even out the dough around the hole. Cover bagels with a clean cloth, and let rest for 10 minutes.
4. OPTIONAL, Sprinkle an ungreased baking sheet with cornmeal. Carefully transfer bagels to boiling water. Boil for 1 minute, turning half way through. Drain briefly on clean towel. Arrange boiled bagels on baking sheet. Glaze tops with egg white and sprinkle with your choice of toppings. (Poppy Seeds, onions, garlic, etc, or just plain)
5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes until well browned. (If you like an almost hard outside let the bagel get a nice rich golden brown. We prefer ours to be lightly brown and a little soft.)
Top with fresh made butter and enjoy!
Our adventures in making bagels
My 3 year old insists that a well flattened bagel is the way to go.
My daughters hole less bagel.