I like to cook.
Scratch that. I like to bake.
Homemade bagels straddle that line, and I've always been too scared to give them a try.
That is, until this easy bagel recipe was posted on The Thrifty Gourmet. (Shameless plug: I'm a contributing writer there.)
In my neighborhood, bagels go for almost a dollar apiece. For the same price I can make a half dozen at home-- maybe more.
And making bagels really was easy, and tasty, too. Yes, it takes time, but most of it is spent allowing the dough to rise. It doesn't get much easier than that!
Flour, yeast, sugar, salt, oil, water and two hand to knead: That's all you need for your very own homemade bagels.