June 27, 2007

Daring Bakers: Where'd the Sweet Stuff Go?


This month’s co-hosts for the Daring Bakers challenge are none other than Jenny of All Things Edible and Freya of Writing at the Kitchen Table. To switch things up a little they chose Real Honest Jewish Purist’s Bagels as the recipe with which to torture, er, challenge us with. It was a departure from all things sweet, far away from the land of searing hot caramel and I for one was looking forward to the change. I’ve made bagels once before and they were a success so I was fairly confident that I could master this challenge. I’m rather delusional that way; one success makes me an expert and one failure makes me the worst baker in the world. I’m not even going to try to pretend that makes sense.



In any case, my lack of logic means that I threw the dough together and then decided that instead of waiting for it to rise and continuing on with the recipe, I would go play tennis. Perhaps you’re thinking that sounds like a great idea since there’s no point sitting around, twiddling my thumbs and waiting for the dough to rise as that could take forever. If that’s what you’re thinking, you’re wrong. Some dough takes a long time to rise but not this one and not when it’s 30 degrees and humid. Given that heat, I was crazy to leave my dough alone for hours on end and even crazier to think I could play tennis in that heat. By the time I returned, (completely exhausted, but still the reigning tennis champion) my dough was threatening to push the roof off my house. I cautiously deflated it and watched as it slowly shrunk back down to a somewhat manageable size. The recipe stated that it made 15 bagels but I could tell from the start that my monster dough was going to make more. I shrugged and started into the bagel shaping. The last time I made bagels I used the method that requires you to roll the dough into a snake and then pinch the ends together to make your ring. As soon as those bagels hit the simmering water, they separated into horseshoes. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. This time around I rolled my dough into balls and poked a hole in the middle. I have no idea why I ever tried it the other way, this was a much better approach.



As per the challenge rules set out by Jenny and Freya, I was not allowed to alter the inside of the bagels whatsoever. Outer toppings were permitted but that was it. I dutifully followed the rules and topped some of my bagels with sesame seeds and some of them with fleur de sel and then popped them into the oven. The problem I had is that my oven is not overly big and all of those monster bagels wouldn’t fit at once. Given the heat situation, I didn’t want the bagels to sit on the counter and quadruple in size so I improvised with one of my favourite contraptions… the bbq. That’s right folks, I bbq’d the bagels. Those lovely lines you see on my bagels are grill marks and they’re awesome! My bbq bagels took a little longer to “bake” but the end result was a slightly smoky exterior with a plain bagel interior. But those grill marks, oh the grills marks! They’re worth the price of admission alone.


You’ll also notice the sleek and sexy dome that some of my bagels are hiding under. It was purchased this past week while shopping with Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice and Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict! The three of us enjoyed a stellar lunch and then a leisurely afternoon of chocolate shopping. I’ve been wanting a cake dome for quite some time now and when I started to stare longingly at this one, Ivonne and Jasmine insisted that I buy it. I’m glad they did because I’m currently using it for everything! Like bagels, lots and lots of bagels.



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36 comments:

Helen said...

Where's the bacon? Ok, it's allright because you bbqed them! Great idea!

gilly said...

BBQ'd bagels! I love it - so creative! I agree... I like the hole-centric method of shaping better too. Congrats on another successful challenge (and triumphant tennis victory)!

Veron said...

I had to laugh of your description of the dough pushing the roof off your house. Yes, they do seem to do that. Never heard of grilled bagels but yours sure do look good !

Ilva said...

Tennis and bbq in the same db post, you are just too good to be true. But creative, that's for sure! Go Bri, go!

Peabody said...

You sugar is back next month I assure you.
I love that you grilled your bagel...too fun!

breadchick said...

Bri, you are one of the most creative person I know! I would NEVER have thought to use my bbq when I have too many loaves of bread (or bagels). Well I won't be forgetting this litle trick. The cake dome is lovely and I'm so jealous you got to buy it with Ivonne and Jasmine!!

Mary said...

Bagels on the bbq - you are one smart cookie!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Daring and on the BBQ grill - grill marks indeed!
Brilynn I do believe you've got the daring covered with a great cake cover!
Well done.

Baking Soda said...

I love your Mount Bagel, and those grill marks are just too smart!
Great job!
Oh Helen, bacon yeah, that's what I am going to do next! Definitely not purist but so good.

Jerry said...

Everyone is making me want bagels all over again!

Cheryl said...

You BBQ'd the bagels. That is friggin ingenius. So so cool.

Meeta said...

I was expecting bacon! LOL! The bagels look great and bbq-ing it is pretty cool. Well done!!

Kelly-Jane said...

You bbq-ed the bagels! Great thinking. Love your cake dome too, very pretty.

Elle said...

Bbq'd bagels are brilliant. Looking at your bagels, maybe I should have gone to play tennis and let mine rise more. Your bagels look great and that dome is a treasure.

lynn said...

You are awesome! Barbecued bagels - who else could have come up with that? Wonderful! And your cake dome is beautiful, too.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

bbq's bagels - genius! love the cake dome.

Tara said...

Love the grill marks! Gorgeous...

K & S said...

bagels! and bbq'd at that. I was laughing out loud when I read your description of the risen dough and the roof of your house. You are funny!

Anne said...

I love the way how you stacked them up high. BBQ bagels?! you never cease to amaze me :)

...and your cake dome...I'm envious!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Nice job with the BBQ Bagels! How inventive!

Quellia said...

Using your bbq?!! What a great idea!
Hope you have recovered from the tennis!

Alisha said...

Your bagels look great -- and love the BBQ idea! I would never have thought of that.

Lis said...

Fabulous idea BBQ'ing them - you are a GENIUS!

And yeah, I caught myself whispering.. "you're gonna be sorry" right after I read that you went to play tennis while the dough was rising. ha!

And guess what?! I have that exact same cake dome! The dish on mine also serves as a pedestal for the punch bowl you can create when you place the ball of the dome into the base of the pedestal! I HAD TO HAVE IT! Does yours do that? If it doesn't.. are you jealous? :P

xoxo

Sara said...

Oooh, you should make bacon bagels and then bbq them!

Ivonne said...

I am so happy to see the cake plate and dome!!! That made my day to see you buy that.

And when you said you were going to BBQ bagels, I coudn't believe it. But you've amazed me again!

Love your bagels!

KJ said...

What a great idea - barbecued bagels. I wish I could try them.

Lydia said...

BBQ bagels? Well, that's a first for this native New Yorker!!

Maria said...

Nice twist on the plain bagel. And I love your new dome! What a great find!

Maria said...

Nice twist on the plain bagel. And I love your new dome! What a great find!

Amy said...

Wow bbqed bagels! That's so cool! I can only imagine how big that dough was after hours, oh my! (You should have taken a picture! :D!)

Laura said...

Stripy bagels who'd have thunk?! They look beautiful and so does your cake dome, I have a thing for cake stands and domes so I am certainly jealous!

Heather said...

I would have never thought to put bagels on the grill.
I was kind of hoping you would have incorporated bacon and ice cream in your bagels, maybe next time. HA.
I love the cake dome. I jsut have a boring plastic one, I need a glass one.

Glenna said...

BBQ Bagels! They look great and your creativity is most impressive! Seriously, Great idea.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Bri, I think you have some fancy bagels here, sweetie!
I love the beautiful dome, too.

Freya and Paul said...

Great job and I love the BBQ idea!

ejm said...

You are brilliant to have barbecued the bagels, Brilynn!

-Elizabeth