Tuesday, December 3

Gingerbread Bagels

Soft on the inside, chewy on the outside these bagels have a hint of sweet and are full of spice. The perfect breakfast to get you through the holiday season! 



The following blog post contains sponsored content.  A huge thank you to my friends at Red Star Yeast. Without the support of brands like theirs, we bloggers would not be able to take the time to create recipes for you all! 
We eat a ton of bagels in our house. One bag of name brand bagels for $4 lasts this family 1-2 mornings. That ads up cost wise over a period of time. To cut down on that cost I like to bake my own bread products every week. Typically we go through 3-4 loaves of bread 1 bag of bagels, and one package of tortillas or pitas a week. That's a lot! Not only do I save money by making some of my own each week, they taste better and my house smells superb all the time. I mean come on guys, is there anything that smells as good as fresh baked bread?


Now I know what some of you are thinking.

Yeah right! No one has time to bake bread every week for a family of 5. 

Guys, I am here to tell you it is easy... and it does not have to be an all day event! I discovered the joys of Red Star Platinum Yeast about a year ago. This stuff is amazing. Typically bread rises in an hour or more then you have to do the second rise which can also take an hour or longer. Start to finish bread baking takes 3 or more hours! 

But not with Platinum. It rises in under 30 minutes for me every time. I can whip up a batch of fresh baked bread in under 1.5 hours. 


In addition to cutting down on time by having a fast acting yeast, I also cut back on the mess by only making  bread recipes in my stand mixer! It  does all the hard work for me. No more floured counter tops and tired arms!

These bagels are great to have this time of year, slightly sweetened with molasses and brown sugar then spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. When slathered in cream cheese you feel like you are having a slice of gingerbread cake for breakfast!





Gingerbread Bagels

Ingredients:
  •  3 1/2 cups flour (more if needed)
  • 2 packages Red Star Platinum Yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbs nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/4 tbs allspice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1 egg white
Directions:
  1. Dissolve yeast in your warm water. Set aside until foamy.
  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer, using the dough hook. Add in half of your flour, yeast mixture, warm milk molasses, brown sugar, all of your spices and salt. Mix on medium  speed. 
  3. Once combined add in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough comes together in a ball and is only lightly sticky.
  4. Turn mixer on to med/high and mix  until the dough is elastic. When you pull at it, it should bounce back. (Careful during this step. Don't crank it up to 8-9. Slowly go up a notch at a time.)
  5. Turn dough out into a greased bowl (I spray mine with baking spray).
  6. Cover with a damp down and place in a warm spot. I like to place mine on my stove top with the oven on. 
  7. Allow dough rise and double in size.
  8. Punch dough down, and form into 8-10 equal balls. 
  9. Poke a hole in the center of each ball and slightly stretch it out to form a bagel shape. 
  10. Set bagels on a baking sheet, cover with a damp towel and allow to rise again until doubled in size. 
  11. Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil and preheat your oven to 415.
  12. Once bagels have finished rising, place 2-3 bagels at a time into the boiling water and boil until they float to the top. 
  13. Using a slotted spoon, remove bagels from the water.
  14. Add your cornmeal to a shallow baking dish, and place the bottom of each bagel in the cornmeal and then place bagels on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. 
  15. Brush each bagel top with your egg white. 
  16. Place in the oven and bake until golden brown. Or for about 20-25 minutes.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Red Star Yeast compensated me for my time. However all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

42 comments:

  1. Love gingerbread, bread baking, and bagels! RSY Platinum is the only way to go. I can't wait to try these Carrie! Pinned and loving :)

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  2. I am making these TOMORROW. Ok, not tomorrow. but a ssoon as i get home.

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    1. Haha! Let me know how they turn out.

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  3. sadly...I don't have a kitchen aid, will I have to knead?

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    1. Do you own a bread machine? If not yes... you would have to do it by hand.

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    2. no I don't have a bread machine. I willl be kneading:(

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  4. I love no-knead bread recipes, especially during the holidays when there is so much other stuff to get done!

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    1. Ain't nobody got time to knead! Seriously though, it's such a time and mess savor.

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  5. Love all the flavors in the recipe, perfect for the holidays!

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  6. Do you mean high as in level 10? My Kitchen Aid instructions say for kneading to do it on level 2.

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    1. I have been making my bread this way for as long as I can remember. I put mine on 9. But don't crank it... flour will go everywhere. Slowly go up one level at a time. *I will add that into my instructions*

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  7. I have yet to try out Red Star yeast. Love this bagel flavor!

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    1. Oh you do! It's by far the best yeast I have every baked with!

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  8. I just made gingerbread ice cream and now I want to gingerbread-ize all the things! Thanks for taking care of the bagels ;)

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    1. I am obsessed with gingerbread right now too... which is weird because typically I hate it.

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  9. Shut the front door - I must make these. Everything needs to be gingerbread these days for me - I was just looking different recipes. These look so good and no knead? Yes please!

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    1. I hope you try them! Let me know if you do!

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  10. I'm in love with these bagels and I haven't even made them yet. SO YUM.

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  11. Warm winter spices in a bagel?!? I gotta try these, they look so pudgy and delicious!!

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    1. Let me know how they turn out if you do!

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  12. If you use regular yeast, how would the recipe be modified?

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  13. I'm moving in with you. I sure hope you're ok with that.

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  14. GET OUT!!! This is so awesome. They look delicious and I'm FREAKING out that they are baked -- I can totally make bagels now -- thanks!

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  15. Love their Platinum yeast! It is the best for baking bread! These gingerbread bagels sound amazing!

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  16. Yess!!!! I'm completely head over heels in love with these. Must try them soon :)

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  17. Now THIS would get me out of bed even on the chilliest of mornings! Yum!

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  18. I really need to try my hand at bagels. These sound unbelievably delicious. One and a half hours is great timing. Pinned.

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  19. I have been dreaming about bagels since your pumpkin ones months ago, now I see these...i better get on the bagel bandwagon - they looks SO dang good

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  20. I showed these to my mom - who LOVES gingerbread - and was promptly asked to make them for Christmas morning!! Thanks for the recipe my dear!!

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  21. You know what's sad? The kids grow up and move out, and you have more time to cook, only there's only two of you and if you eat the entire recipe of bagels (which I might do anyway) before long, you can't get out the door. Sigh. There must be a solution somewhere. Maybe I could just make these for our dinner. Meanwhile, I'm moving in with you, too. I'll help either cook or take care of those little ones, as long as I get some of these yummy treats. :)

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  22. I am not sure why I have never attempted to make home-made bagels, but I guess there is no reason not to try it now. Yummy Carrie.

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  23. I'm seeing a ton of bagel recipes that I MUST make and now I have one more to add to the list! Yum!

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  24. YUM!! I love a good soft and chewy bagel - they seem so hard to find. I love the gingerbread flavor in this. Guess I have to make my own to get that soft and chewiness I constantly crave in a bagel!!

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  25. These sound & look awesome! However, since I live in France, I don't have Red Platinum yeast. Could you tell me how much a package weighs, please?
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  26. These look amazing and I'm making them tomorrow morning. Have you ever tried using whole wheat flour or whole spelt flour? I really hope they're going to turn out that way, too!

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  27. These did NOT turn out at all.
    I tried two batches, and my mom tried a batch...the results were the same all three times!!!
    They would not rise at all and the spiciness was enough to burn your nose!
    So.....I have a couple questions.
    1 - Are the spices suppose to be TEASPOONS rather than tablespoons?
    2 - Did you use bread flour (because it didn't say and so we used AP)?

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    1. Sorry to hear they did not turn out for you. If they did not rise that is an issue with your yeast and not the recipe. Yeast can be finicky, first make sure you proof the yeast to ensure it is live. Also be sure that you let the bread rise in a warm spot. if it is at all drafty rise times can vary. I've had dough take 30 minutes to rise... other days it can take 2+ hours. As for the spices, it's gingerbread it calls for a lot of spice.... And for the flour, AP or bread flour is fine, I've even used white whole wheat in this recipe.

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