James persuaded me to help him make bagels this weekend. I've seen them made on the great british bakeoff, and eaten supermarket made ones (love the onion ones!) an awful lot, but nver really thought to try and make them myself. We used the recipe from James Morton's Brilliant Bread book but this bagel recipe looks pretty similar.
Like most bread you have to leave it to rise a couple of times, which I'm too impatient for on my own, but I went out for a cycle ride while it was proving to pass the time, and got home in time to roll them into bagel shapes, boil them quickly in water and bake them fresh for lunch!
They weren't the most perfectly shaped bagels ever, but they taste amazing - really chewey on the outside and soft in the middle. A Saturday morning well spent!