Montreal Bagel Recipe
If you would like to try making your own bagels at home, here is a recipe for Montreal bagels that we found on food.com.
1 ½ cups warm water
5 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 8-gram package of dry yeast (not instant)
1 tablespoon beaten egg
1 tablespoon malt drink powder or syrup
4 ½ cups or more unbleached white bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup poppy seeds or sesame seeds
6 quarts water
1/3 cup honey
In a large bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, canola oil, yeast, egg, and malt or syrup. Mix until the yeast dissolves and then add the salt and 1 cup of flour. Gently add about 3 more cups of flour, enough to make a soft dough.
Knead the dough for 10 to 12 minutes and stir in additional flour as needed. When the dough is firm and smooth, cover it with a bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 10-inch rope. Curve each piece around your hand and press the ends together to make a bagel. You can use a few drops of water to keep the ends together.
Allow the bagels to rise for 30 minutes. Fill a large pot with 6 quarts of water, add the honey, and bring it to a boil. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line two baking sheets with sheets of parchment paper or Silpat mats.
After the honey-water has reached a boil, add the bagels and boil them for 90 seconds, turning once. Drain the bagels on clean and dry dish towels and then place them on the baking sheets. Sprinkle both sides generously with seeds. Bake the bagels for about 20 minutes until golden brown, turning once.