Dough Horseshoes or Lucky Bagels


I am determined to have an entry into at least one of the Bloggy Olympic events.  I missed the decorating event last week and this week it is kitchen.  Paint is coming up. The hostess with the mostest for kitchen week is Jane @ JanesAdventuresInDinner.  While you are there admire her new blog design, it's cute.  Then admire what she made for the food event.  Yum.  Very yum.

Lord knows I am not a food photographer, and forget that I've been cooking and making edibles all weekend and never took a picture of one thing.  I'm also not very good at writing a serious tutorial. 

Currently I have the best darn tater salad in the fridge, chicken marinating, a 7 bean dish in the crock pot and a rhubarb cake cooling on the stove.  I didn't take one photo.  Bad Bliss.  A photo of a cooling cake?  Boring.  Bean dish.... looks like mush in the crockpot (and that's being kind).  Raw chicken?  Dangerous.  Tater salad...... secret recipe.

So I went back through my thousands of photos to see if there was any recipe I have ever made that I took a picture of.

One time we had Cornish game hens on the grill, I think someone gave them to us.  Notice Brawn has "parts" grilling for the dog.  Not sure why I have a "during" photo of this.  No secret tips or recipe for them either so they are out.

Photo from The Whimsical Wife

Eureka!  Bingo!  By George I've got it!  A while ago I did make homemade bagels - and miracle of all miracles I did take photos!  The recipe came from The Whimsical Wife.  Mine were more like dough horseshoes, so pretend they are pretty, but the famdamily liked them and ate them all.  (These would of been a good entry in the Stinky Linky party over at HatingMartha).  I also Googled homemade bagels after because I seriously never thought of making my own, and there are more recipes than you can throw a horseshoe at.  Bagels are not hard to make, so if you have never tried, I suggest you do, just don't model the ones you make after mine.

Boiling a dough Horseshoe, otherwise known as Lucky bagels

The recipe below is from the Whimsical Wife. Hard to believe mine are from the same recipe as the photo of hers huh?  Hey, I said they tasted good so forget they weren't much to look at!

Makes 8
4 cups bread flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp instant yeast
1-1/4- 1-1/2 cups of warm water.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You don't have to worry about soaking the yeast when you use instant yeast (most yeast sold these days is instant yeast). The dough should feel stiff, but add the extra water if it's really stiff, or you can't get all the dry flour incorporated.
Plop the dough down onto the counter, and knead for about ten minutes, or until the dough is uniform and smooth.
Cut the dough into 8 equal sized balls, and let rest for 10-20 minutes.
Pre heat your oven to 220 Degrees.
Now, take each of the dough balls and using two hands, roll it into a little snake on the counter. When the snake is longer than the width of your two hands, wrap it around your dominant roiling hand. The dough rope should be wrapped so the overlapping ends are together at your palm, near the start of your fingers. Now take the two overlapping ends, and use your palm to squish/roll these two ends together. Once the dough is fused, you should have a perfectly circular bagel-to-be! This is the only part of the process that can take a little practice before your bagels will look really professional. Don't get discouraged if they don't look perfect, it just takes practice!
Let your bagels rest on the counter for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil, and grease a large baking tray lightly. You can just rub a splash of vegetable oil and rub it around.
After the 20 minute wait, your bagels will start to look puffy, and it's time to get them boiling! Add them as many at a time as you can to your boiling water without crowding them. Boil for about a minute, turn them over, and boil for another minute. Take them out a let dry for a minute and then place them on your oiled baking tray. Repeat until all the bagels are boiled.
Add the tray to the oven, and after 10 minutes, flip the bagels over, bake for another ten minutes; and they're done!
Let them cool for at least 20 minutes, get the cream cheese ready, and feast on what's got to be one of the best weekend brunch treats possible!
You can add any toppings you like to these. To make sesame, onions, poppy seed, caraway etc. etc. bagels just have a dry plate ready with the seed or spice topping spread out on it. After the bagels have come out of the boiling water, place them face down onto the seeds, and then place the seed side up onto the baking tray. Bake and flip as for plain bagels.
Recipe Adapted From:

I wrote this post to be in the Bloggy Olympics and by gosh I'm linking the bagels up!

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  1. I love that you try everything! Good for you. I'd say they looked good, but I think I might be lying. I love bagels so I'll say I bet they were yummy. Thanks for sharing!


  2. some of the best bread recipes look the worst- like home made pizza dough. i have made bagels before and they didn't look good either... but YUM.

  3. you made bagels. you made bagels. I made bagels. You rock.

  4. Wow! Homemade bagels! Impressed!! What do we have to do to get the secret potato salad recipe?

  5. Hey, not bad. Your family liked them. I once made sweet and sour meatballs that made my kids cry when I said they had to try them.

  6. I've got all the bloggy olympics on my calendar, but I think the only ones I'll get to are paint and fabric.
    I tried making donuts once. Don't ask.

  7. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one that forgets to take photos while cooking. For one thing, I have no, zip, nada space in my kitchen so it's difficult to even get something prepared, much less photographed in style. I usually do it when it's finished...IF I remember then.

    You're a brave one to try bagels! I'm sure they were tasty though. The tater salad sounds divine, as well as the other dishes.

    Hope this goes through with my email addy...let me know!
    P.S. won't give it up for the tater salad recipe? LOL

  8. yep, I made all those crock pot meals...a week and a half before Kitchen Bloggy Olympics. Might just link it up anyway and call it good.

    Homemade bagels. Way too much work for me when I can get a lovely freshly baked one around the corner. A cook, I am not and knowing one's strengths is key. Is there anything you're not good at Bliss?

  9. I'm pretty scared of making bread stuffs, so mad props for trying bagels! I looooove bagels...

  10. Homemade Bagels are the best... horseshoe bagels are just stinkin' fun! MMmmmmm....

    And thank you so much for the shout out about Jane's Blog! You are way too sweet!

  11. Homemade bagels are pretty hardcore cooking-wise. I've also tried the raw-chicken-photo, not appealing at all!


  12. Well you are right they aren't gorgeous, but I'm going to try to do this anyway! Maybe for my birthday breakfast on Saturday!

  13. Nice to know bagels can be home made. Probably healthier than those cupcakes my daughter and I make all the time. Not to sound too naive, but what are the bloggy olympics and where do I find them? You sure do get around. You are always in the know.

  14. Who knew you could make bagels? But I'm not sure I would convince my kids to look past the old man wrinkles and close their eyes and enjoy the taste. Though I am tempted to try this recipe ...



  15. I've always wanted a horseshoe made out of dough!! How did you know? And as for those game hens, I'm surprised you didn't prop them on some cans of beer - or are you strictly a keg girl?

  16. Your posts are always sooo entertaining. I actually like the horseshoe shaped bagels!!!

  17. i think your horseshoe bagels are cute! a couple years ago i made homemade pretzels-- they were the cutest little knots before they baked, but afterwards, they looked like p*nises. seriously!!! the ends of the knots "morphed" into male body parts!!!!!! and what's worse is i made them for a church social & didn't really notice it til they were sitting on the serving plate on the table!!! no one said a word, & neither did i, so i don't know if anyone else thought the same as me!!

  18. Hmmm....I may just have to try making bagels. And I will copycat you and make them into horseshoes because they're so COOL!! ;)
    <3 Christina


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