Saturday, 9 March 2013

Just starting out, I'm new to this stuff

Hello America!

I am Elle McGrath.
I like to cook, so I am blogging about it.
I cook anything from homemade bagels to simple salads. I will allow any one to make requests on what recipes you would like me to make next. I do not do videos because I have no video camera. But, I will write the recipe on the website for all to try.

To make recipe requests: email me at

Here is my first recipe:

Home made bagels

For the sponge:
1 1/4 cups flour ( whole wheat or gluten free works)
1 1/4 cup warm water (about 110°f is ideal)
1 1/2 tsp yeast

For the dough:
1 1/2 cups flour, plus more for sprinkling on the board
Pinch of salt

For sponge:
Heat water to 110°f.
Mix yeast and flour together.
Add water gently and stir.
Let rise for 15-20 minutes, covered with foil or plastic wrap.
Mix with other cup and a quarter of flour.
Knead dough for eight to ten minutes, or until elastic.
Let dough rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Punch down dough.
Cut into six equal pieces and form each into balls.
Cut a hole in the middle of each ball to make them bagels ( or you could leave them with no hole.)
Bring a small nonstick skillet filled with water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt.
Place each bagel (carefully) into the water.
Boil for one minute on each side.
Let dry. Place on sheet pan sprinkled with cornmeal. Bake in a 350°f oven for 20-35 minutes, or until brown. Serve warm

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