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Pumpkin Bagels

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Pumpkin Bagels

Though I loved growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was definitely ready to head south to the sunshine for college.  I happily studied by the pool and wore flip flops all year long while everyone back home was burrowing in for the fall and winter.  But I have to admit that there was a little part of me that missed the change of seasons from summer to fall.  Fortunately, the bagel shop in Claremont Village made pumpkin bagels every autumn that helped satisfy my fall cravings.

Fast forward through the years and bagels, specifically pumpkin bagels, have been on my baking list ever since. All of this time I have been avoiding my bagel project mainly because I had it built up in my head as a time-consuming, complicated process. This year I finally overcame my reservations in part because I was having some serious cravings for pumpkin bagels with the arrival of autumn and in part because my son is at a stage where he loves kneading and making things with dough. The time had come to tackle bagels. I succesfully hit two birds with one stone, satisfying my craving and creating a fun rainy day project in the kitchen. And in the process, I realized that bagels are really not that hard to make.

After some experimenting I came up with the following recipe which is adapted from a standard bagel recipe from King Arthur Flour.  It yields 8-12 chewy, pumpkin-spiced bagels which make a perfect autumn treat.  {I used homemade pumpkin puree. If you use canned pumpkin you may need to add more water because canned pumpkin tends to contain less liquid.}  I discovered that my son loves to make bagels almost more than he likes to eat them {which is hard to believe considering how much he loves bagels!}  So now that we’ve realized how simple and straightforward they are to make I have a feeling that many more homemade bagels will be in our near future.

Pumpkin Bagels
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Recipe type: Bread
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Serves: 12
 
Chewy, pumpkin-spiced bagels are a comforting autumn treat.
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp instant yeast
  • 3 - 3½ cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup water, lukewarm
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree*
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
Water Bath
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
Egg Glaze, Optional
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Stir the yeast, sugar and water in a mixer and let it rest for 5 minutes while you gather the remaining ingredients in order to proof the yeast.
  2. Once the mixture is bubbly, add the salt, pumpkin, spices and 2 cups of flour and stir until a dough forms.
  3. Gradually add the remaining flour until the dough forms a ball that is not too sticky and can be easily handled.
  4. Knead the dough vigorously with a dough hook or by hand for 10 minutes.
  5. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, and let it rise for 1 - 1½ hours until it has almost doubled in size.
  6. Transfer the dough to a lightly-floured work surface and divide it into 8-12 pieces. {The original recipe makes 8 large bagels but I made 13 smaller bagels, breaking the dough into roughly 2-ounce pieces.}
  7. Roll each piece into a smooth, round ball.
  8. Cover the balls with plastic wrap and let them rest for 30 minutes
  9. While the dough is resting, prepare the water bath by heating the water, brown sugar and sugar to a gentle boil in a large, wide-diameter pan.
  10. Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  11. Use your index finger to poke a hole through the center of each ball, twirling the dough on your finger to stretch the hole to roughly 2 inches in diameter (the entire bagel will be about 3-4 inches across).
  12. Place each bagel on a lightly greased baking sheet and repeat the process with the remaining pieces of dough.
  13. Transfer the bagels, four at a time, to the simmering water.
  14. Increase the heat under the pan to bring the water back up to a gently simmering boil, if necessary.
  15. Cook the bagels for 2 minutes on one side and then flip them over to cook for an additional minute.
  16. Using a skimmer or strainer, remove the bagels from the water and place them back on the baking sheet.
  17. Repeat the process with the remaining bagels.
  18. Brush all or some of the bagels with an egg glaze if desired.
  19. Bake the bagels for 20-25 minutes, or until they're as deep brown as you like, turning them over 10-15 minutes into the baking time to help keep them tall and round. Remove the bagels from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

Pumpkin Bagels

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12 Responses to “Pumpkin Bagels”

  1. These sound absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. Oh wow… You know I’ve never seen a pumpkin bagel before. I can’t wait to give this a try, they look positively amazing!

  3. I have been dying to try out a pumpkin bagel recipe! Yours look delicious.

  4. I’ve been wanting to make pumpkin bagels for awhile now…these look so good!!

  5. Katelyn says:

    Yumm sounds delicious! I am going to share this recipe on my blog and look forward to trying it out! Thanks!

  6. Charlotte says:

    Coming out of the oven in 20 mins. They look very yummy!
    The one thing I did add is 1 tablespoon of wheat gluten. I used my own pumpkin puree. Can’t wait to eat one.

  7. kelsey says:

    Charlotte, I hope that they tasted as good as they looked for you. You’re making me wish that I’d made them again today!

  8. Charlotte says:

    Yes, they are YUMMY! I put cream cheese on mine and my husband had butter on his. I’m glad I took the 3 hrs to make them. I will make them, again. Thank You.

  9. Charlotte says:

    This will be the 4th time I have made these. This time I’m going to use squash. Yes they are easy to make.

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