Miniature Bagels


Week three of The Great British Bake Off is Bread Week.
There is nothing better than the taste of homemade bread. I've never made bagels before so I thought I'd try them myself and do a miniature version. This would be great for little get togethers if you're doing a homemade spread. Honestly they were really easy to make, just a lot of waiting around for the dough to rise. So I recommend to do them over an evening when you're free to tend to them.
They turned out really well and look very sweet once filled with lots of yummy toppings.
I've put together a Roast Beef, Stilton & Grape.
A cream cheese, Smoked salmon, Fresh Dill.
And a Ham, Brie & Apple.

You'll need...

For the dough...
1 Cup water, tepid
4 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp salt
3 cups strong white flour
1 ½ tsp yeast

You'll also need...
25g caster sugar
yolk of one egg
1 tsbp water

For the fillings...
Roast Beef slices, Stilton & Grape
Cream cheese, Smoked salmon, Fresh Dill
Ham, Brie & Apple slice

To Make...
Make your dough by mixing the above ingredients for the dough.
Knead together for 5-10 minutes
Place the dough in a bowl and cover with cling film, leave to rise in a warm place for about 30-40mins or until it has doubled in size. The dough should spring back when you poke it.

Divide into 16 pieces. Shape into sausage shapes.
Join each piece together at the ends and pinch together them gently.
Place the circles on a oiled baking tray and cover.
Leave to prove for 20 mins

Preheat the oven to 200oC
Bring a large saucepan of water to boil and the sugar and stir.
Place 2/3 bagels into the water for 45 seconds, turning half way.
Lift each bagel out of the water and drain.
Return to the baking tray and repeat with all the bagels.
Beat the egg and water together and brush onto each bagel before baking fir 20mins or until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Cut the bagels in half and top with your chosen fillings.

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