Hey team! I hope that the absence of bread writing in your life for the past couple weeks hasn’t been too painful. I made these bagels a while ago, but they turned out fantastic so maybe it’ll be worth the wait.

This bagel recipe is from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, and one thing I enjoy about this book is Reinhart’s writing. He’s an absurdly talented baker who can make all kinds of amazing bread, but he’s able to come across as a guy who just loves bread a lot. I can relate. He opens this recipe with gusto, asserting that there “are two kinds of people in the world: those who like chewy water bagels and those who prefer softer steamed bagels” (121). I’ll eat either, honestly, but if presented with a great New York-style bagel and a steamed bagel from this or that chain, I’ll always pick the chewy water bagel.  (more…)

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