We all know that doing a project yourself rather than bringing in a professional can save you money. As it’s true with home renovations, it’s also true with food. Any kind of pre-made meal is way more expensive than the one you would make yourself – but of course the trade off is time and effort. Luckily some things aren’t really as much time or effort as you might think. Take bagels for example – the other day I was shopping and was horrified to find that I couldn’t get a pack of bagels for less than $4 (this wasn’t my normal grocery store… usually I can get them there for around $2 – $2.5 a pack). But it need not be this way – bagels are super simple. If you can make bread, you can make bagels. The best part is, by making your own – whole wheat or whole grain become an ingredient NOT a flavour! Yes you can have whole wheat poppy seed bagels! Whole grain onion bagels – no problem! Here is my basic recipe (I use a bread machine but you could easily do it all by hand) – go nuts, add nuts! Add flavour with onion powder, garlic powder, seeds even fruit. They are a canvas – and at only 6-8 bagels at a time if the flavour combo isn’t working for you it wont be long until they are gone.

Bread Machine Bagels

1 cup plus 2 TBSP water
2 1/4 tsp (or one pkg) active dry yeast
4 tsp sugar
 1 TBSP olive oil or melted butter
1 3/4 tsp salt
4 – 41/2 cups whole wheat or whole grain bread flour

Put onto dough cycle of your bread machine. When finished remove from machine and cut into 6 – 8 pieces. Roll into balls, then insert your finger into the middle to create a ring like dough shape. Place on a cookie sheet that has been well dusted with corn meal. Allow to rise at least 30 minutes.

Once the bagels have risen to desired size, boil a large sauce pan filled with water. When boiling add bagels and cook in boiling water 30 seconds per side. Remove with slotted spoon and return to corn meal covered cookie sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.