Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bagels With A Twist! (BBA Challenge)

Bagel dogs! Who doesn't like bagel dogs? Or bagel brats? Or bagel sausages? If it's shaped like a hot dog, you can wrap it in bagel, baby!
This week's Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge was all about bagels, and I knew from the moment I saw the recipe, I was going to turn at least part of my dough into bagel dogs. When the kids were little, bagel dogs were one of their favorite foods and I loved the convenience of being able to pop them out of the freezer and into the microwave. I got the help I needed regarding the wrapping technique from Cooking Dunkin Style and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy these were to put together. Precooked dogs or brats must be used, and I took them from the fridge and brought them to room temperature before wrapping them. The only step I eliminated from the book's original recipe was that I did not do the float test. I just let them rest for about thirty minutes before covering them and putting them in the fridge. I kept the temperature and baking time the same, but I think the next time I make these I'll leave them in the oven for another minute or two.

I ordered Sir Lancelot Flour from King Arthur and I also got my diastatic malt power there. The dough was so nice to knead and form, and I loved the silky smooth texture as I rolled it into ropes. This was a very fun bread recipe for me and I will most certainly be making these again.

The participants of the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge were asked not to post the recipes on their blogs but I did find the full recipe for Peter Reinhart's bagels over at Smitten Kitchen if you'd like to check it out there.


16 comments:

susies1955 said...

I WANT ONE "NOW"! WOW, how cool. They look so very good.
Great idea.
You're something else. :)
Susie

Mags said...

LOL Susie... see what you got me into?

susies1955 said...

LOL! You're a baking wonder. :)
Susie

gaaarp said...

Very cool looking bagel dogs! What a great idea! So, how did you wrap them. It looks like you made ropes and wrapped them around the dogs? Do you have a picture of the wrapped, prebaked dogs?

Mags said...

Thanks gaaarp. I'm sorry that I didn't take any photos as I was making them, but yes, I formed ropes (about 18 inches long,) similary to how I made the ropes to make regular bagels, only thinner and longer. Then I just started at one end of the dog, and wrapped it from end to end, tucking in the last end of dough.

Cindy said...

Wow, I haven't had a bagel dog in ages. Thanks for bringing back some great memories of my childhood. They look great.

Cindy

Mags said...

Cindy.. I know... aren't these things a blast from the past? Thanks for stopping by.

misterrios said...

Oh Wow! I haven't had a bagel dog in ages since I turned veg. But I never thought about making them myself. Thanks for the idea! They look dee-licious!

Mags said...

misterrios, you could probably make bagel tofu dogs, yes?

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness...they look absolutely delicious!

stephchows said...

Hooray for bagels!!! I've been looking for malt powder but can't find it anywhere! I'm going to have to give in and order it online!

Mags said...

Thanks Debbie!

Steph.. I know, I couldn't find it anywhere locally either. Thank goodness for King Arthur.

peteeatemall said...

Another reason to make the bagels again...Bagel dogs..I will use some tofu pups or veggie bratwurst from local place and give it a try along with jalapeno cheddar! Yum-e!

Mags said...

peteeatemall... yup, tofu dogs would work here too, I'm sure. I may have to buy some just for yucks. Never had them.

Nicole said...

Bagel Dogs!! Wow, I haven't had one in years but I love love love them! What a fantastic idea. I'm definitely trying this soon.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the shout out! Yours are gorgeous~