Get Green for St. Patrick’s Day
One of the great things about bagels, or bagel dough, is how easy it is to work with. When the holiday’s come around many people will choose to celebrate with festive foods and drink that are traditional favorites and St. Patrick’s Day is no different. While most people will be boiling up the corned beef and cabbage while downing a pint of Guinness, getting the day started right with homemade green bagels is a great idea.
Whether you are feeding the family, bringing in treats for co-workers or just want a colorful table display, green bagels will definitely draw attention.
To make green bagels all you need is the following:
– 1-1/2 cups lukewarm water
– 405 drops green food coloring
– 1 tablespoon instant yeast
– 4 cups bread flour
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Then follow these directions:
- Measure water in a liquid measuring cup and add green food coloring drops to the water.
- Add all bagel dough ingredients (including green water) to a large bowl of a stand mixer.
- Using the dough hook mix the ingredients on low speed for 10 minutes.
- The dough is ready once it has come together and holds its shape. The bread will be stiff.
- Add dough to a nonstick sprayed bowl, cover, and let sit in a room-temperature spot (at least 65 degrees F) for 1 to 1-1/2 hours until the dough is puffy.
- Add dough to a counter or workspace and divide it equally into 8 pieces.
- Working one piece at a time, roll each portion it into a ball. Completely cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.
- When your 30 minutes are almost up, start the water bath on the stove and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. You want the water bath to be a gentle boil.
- Once your dough has rested, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and prepare to start making the bagels.
- Working on one dough ball at a time, poke a hole into the center and gently work it out so you have a made a 2-inch in diameter hole in the middle of the dough ball. At this point you will notice they look very much like a classic bagel. Add bagel to the parchment-lined baking sheet and continue until all bagels are made.
- Moving the tray over to the water station, drop two bagels in the boiling water at a time. Cook for 2 minutes on one side, flip and cook for 1 minute on the opposite side. Transfer boiled bagels back to parchment lined baking sheet. Continue with this process until all bagels have been boiled.
- Once all bagels have been boiled, put them in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes, flip the bagel, and cook for another 10 minutes on the remaining side.
- Once bagels have been baked let them rest until cool before cutting.