spelt bagel recipe

Spelt and Sesame Bagels

Spelt and Sesame Bagel

If you never made your own bagels- you really should sometime. They are easy to make, and fun, too. In case you didn’t know, the secret to the chewy texture of bagels in that they are boiled in water before being baked.

There are so many variations. You can swap out the type of flour or add herbs, seeds, onions, garlic or even fruit.

I decided to make my bagels with spelt flour. Spelt is closely related to wheat. It contains gluten, like wheat. Whole grain spelt flour has a lighter texture than whole wheat flour, though. It has all the fiber of a whole grain, but the texture of a white flour. It worked out so well in the bagels.  The sesame seeds added even more flavor and texture.

Bagels began in Austria when a baker in Vienna in 1683 wanted to honor the visiting president of Poland. He created a roll that was round, or shaped like the stirrup on the King’s saddle. The new creation was called beugel, which was a variation of the German word for stirrup. Over time the word evolved into bagel. Because they were made with white flour, everyone, other than the rich considered bagels a special treat for special occasions. Today bagels are found in almost every grocery store throughout the country.

 

Spelt and Sesame Bagels

2 c. bread flour
2 ½- 3 c. spelt flour*
3 T. sugar
1 T. salt
2 pkgs. Yeast
1 ½ c. Water
1 T. oil
1 T. sugar
2 t. salt
1 egg white

Mix 1½ cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon salt and yeast in a medium bowl. Heat water with oil and add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Add remaining ½ cup of bread flour and beat 1 minute. Stir in enough spelt flour to make a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Set in greased bowl and turn to grease top. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place 1 hour. Punch dough down cover and let rest 15 minutes. Divide dough into 12 pieces and form into smooth balls. Cover with towel and let rest 10 minutes. In large skillet heat 1 inch of water to a simmer. Add remaining sugar and salt to water. With floured finger poke a hole in the center of three of the dough balls. Drop into simmering water cooking 3 minutes. Turn over and cook 2 minutes. Turn to first side and simmer 1 more minute. Remove to greased baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough. Mix egg white with 1 tablespoon of water and brush tops of bagels. Sprinkle with seeds if desired. Bake in a 375 –degree oven for 20 –25 minutes. Makes 12.
* Spelt flour is closely related to wheat. It is used like whole wheat flour in baking, but has a lighter texture while still being a whole grain. If you can’t find spelt flour you can use whole wheat flour in its place in this recipe.

 

Boiling the bagels

Boiling the bagels

Ready to be split and toasted

Ready to be split and toasted

With cream cheese, lox, sweet onion and capers.

With cream cheese, lox, sweet onion and capers.