BBA Challenge is bagels. That just seems ridiculous doesn't it. I'm a new bread baker and an even newer yeast bread baker and I'm making bagels!
Peter Reinhart begins the chapter with a commentary on the history of the bagel and a discussion on the debate of the denser, thick-crusted "water bagel" versus the lighter softer bagels. I was thrilled we were making the dense bagels, which I consider to be the true bagels.
Was I intimidated by the bagel? Oh yes. But, I persevered. First, I made the sponge.
The bagels rested until they were able to float in water and and then into the fridge they went for overnight. I made 10 large bagels and 4 small bagels (formerly snakes). I thought Charlotte might enjoy a Charlotte sized bagel.
I had no idea bagels were poached!