The smell of cinnamon bagels takes me back to our time living in the US, so whenever I buy them I take in that smell and reminisce. The kids love cinnamon bagels so I usually buy them every week, but it's one thing that I've never made myself.
After receiving a Russell Hobbs compact bread maker to trial I decided to give them a bash, and let the machine take the hard work out of dough making. For these bagels I used a 1kg basic bread recipe from the booklet included with the machine, with some small amendments.
Cinnamon Raisin Bagels - makes 16
30g melted butter
30g caster sugar
600g strong white bread flour
7g easy bake yeast
150g raisins (or sultanas)
large pan half filled with water
1 egg white
- add all of the ingredients, apart from the raisins, to the pan of the bread maker in the order listed above
- set the machine to the 'dough' program, adding the raisins after 22 minutes (on the basic bread setting the machine beeps after this time for any additions)
- leave the machine until the end of the cycle before removing the dough
- on a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 16 equal(ish) pieces
- roll each piece of dough into a flattened ball & make a hole in the centre with your fingers
- lay the bagels onto baking sheets lined with baking paper, spaced well apart
- leave to rise for 10 minutes
- add the sugar to the pan of water & bring to the boil
- drop 2 or 3 bagels into the water bath for approx 30 seconds each side
- remove with a slotted spoon and place onto the baking sheets
- brush the bagels with egg white before baking in a preheated 220C oven for approx 20 -25 minutes, until golden brown
home made bagels are crispy on the outside and lovely and soft and chewy in the centre. Serve sliced in half and spread with butter, or they can be halved and toasted
The Russell Hobbs 23620 compact black bread maker is a very reasonably priced bread maker at £59.99, but it's not short on features. There are all the usual bread, dough and cake programs, along with a program for jam and compote (which I'm yet to try), a 55 minute fast bake and one for gluten free bread. The booklet includes recipes suitable for all the programs, along with 8 recipes for various flavoured gluten free bread. I'm trying out a gluten free poppyseed loaf today so follow me on Instagram to see how that turns out, and to take a look at my previous loaves here, here and here.
I was sent the Russell Hobbs bread maker for this review