Blueberry Bagels

We love bread in our house. Since making bagels these last ten years, it hs become hard to buy them from a store. Homemade Blueberry Bagels are so much more dense and filling than mass produced bagels. Once cut and toasted, spread with cream cheese, these Blueberry Bagels are the best breakfast addition.

blueberry bagels baked and cooling

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A brief bagel history

Bagels date back to the 14th century and has its origins as a Jewish and Polish bread. In America, bagels were introduced when Eastern Europeans came as immigrants in the late 1800’s. By 1900, there were seventy bagel operations in New York City.
In the 1930’s, machines soon took over the manufacturing this once Union Led business and drove handmade production to a standstill. By the 1950’s, handmade bagel factories were no longer in business having been shut down by a mass-produced bagel.
It was not until the 1950’s when bagels began to be popular with the mainstream crowd, and in 1984 Lender’s bakery paired with Kraft foods. Their aim was to get bagels mass produced and become a staple in American houses. A bagel, spread with cream cheese, soon became the most popular breakfast food.

Why make bagels

Have you ever bought a bagel from a store, toasted it, then went to spread cream cheese on it and the bagel flattened? This awful result is what brought me to start making bagels many years ago. Tyler and I were disappointed in every brand we purchased and just wanted to have a bagel maintain its form and not become a pancake.
Making bagels at home is a very simple process, once you understand the recipe. See, bagels need to be boiled before baked in an oven. Boiling them gives the texture and allows it to maintain the fluffiness. Since making bagels at home from scratch, I have yet to have a batch not maintain its denseness.
Homemade bagels will not flatten when toasted and spread with cream cheese.

Blueberry Bagels Recipe

Ingredients

1 Tbsp yeast
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup dried blueberries

all the ingredients needed to make blueberry bagels

Directions for Blueberry Bagels

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, or the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer and then mix on MEDIUM-LOW for 10-minutes.

2. Spray a medium bowl with non-stick spray and then set aside.

3. Place the bagel dough in the prepared bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then rest the dough for 1 1/2 hours.

4. Transfer the risen Blueberry Bagel dough onto a clean surface and then divide into 8-equal pieces using a knife or a bench scraper.

5. Roll each dough ball into a smooth and round ball using your hands.

roll dough into balls

6. Cover the rolled dough balls with plastic wrap and then let rest for 30-minutes.

cover dough with plastic wrap to rest

7. Place a large saucepan on the stove with 2-inches of water and then turn to high and bring to a boil.

water in large saucepan on stove

8. To the water, add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp granulated sugar, then whisk together.

9. Pole your finger in the center of each dough ball and then use your fingers to form the bagel by pulling the dough out from the middle hole.

10. Place the shaped bagel in the water and boil for 2-minutes, then turn and boil 1-more minute.

11. Remove the boiled bagels from the water and then place onto a cooling rack to drip dry for 1 minute.

remove boiled bagel from water an drest on wire rack to drip

12. Finally transfer the Blueberry Bagels to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

place bagels on parchment paper and onto baking sheet

13. Bake the Blueberry Bagels at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
When done, remove from the oven and rest to cool on a baking rack and cut with a serrated knife and enjoy toasted!
~Monica

cooked bagels resting to cool

Recipe for Blueberry Bagels

Ingredients for Blueberry Bagels

1 Tbsp yeast
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup dried blueberries

Directions for Blueberry Bagels

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, or the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer and then mix on MEDIUM-LOW for 10-minutes.
2. Spray a medium bowl with non-stick spray and then set aside.
3. Place the bagel dough in the prepared bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then rest the dough for 1 1/2 hours.
4. Transfer the risen Blueberry Bagel dough onto a clean surface and then divide into 8-equal pieces using a knife or a bench scraper.
5. Roll each dough ball into a smooth and round ball using your hands.
6. Cover the rolled dough balls with plastic wrap and then let rest for 30-minutes.
7. Place a large saucepan on the stove with 2-inches of water and then turn to high and bring to a boil.
8. To the water, add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp granulated sugar, then whisk together.
9. Pole your finger in the center of each dough ball and then use your fingers to form the bagel by pulling the dough out from the middle hole.
10. Place the shaped bagel in the water and boil for 2-minutes, then turn and boil 1-more minute.
11. Remove the boiled bagels from the water and then place onto a cooling rack to drip dry for 1 minute.
12. Finally transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
13. Bake the Blueberry Bagels at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
When done, remove from the oven and rest to cool on a baking rack and cut with a serrated knife and enjoy toasted!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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