Makes 17 – 3.3 Smart Points each
1 3/8 cups water
4 cups bread flour
1 T. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 T. butter
1 tsp. yeast
Place all ingredients in mixer bowl and combine with dough hook. Let knead for 10 minutes. You may need to add a little extra water if the dough is too stiff. I used 2 cups of bread flour and 2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour and my dough required an extra 1/8 cup of water.
Turn dough out and divide into 17 equal portions. Form into balls and pat into circles. Using a small cookie cutter – I used the doughnut hole cutter from my doughnut cutter-make a hole in the center of each circle. You can also just punch a hole using your thumb. Make sure the hole is large enough that it will stay open as the dough rises.
Place onto a cookie sheet, cover and let rise until doubled.
Bring 5 quarts of salted water to a rolling boil. Drop 2 or 3 bagels at a time into the water for about 45 seconds, turning each once. Using a slotted spoon, remove them from the water and place on a cooling rack to let excess water drip off.
Place bagels onto greased baking sheet. Brush with egg white wash and sprinkle with desired toppings. Bake at 350° 20-25 minutes until golden brown. You can turn them over half way through baking time to brown both sides evenly if desired.
Smart Points Total 56