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Old August 8, 2006   #5
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Tomato Basil Garlic Bagels
Serving Size: 12

1/2 pound ripe tomatoes, seeded
4 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tsp dried basil
2 Tbl instant yeast
1 cup water, 120 F
4 cups flour
1 Tsp salt
Cornmeal as needed

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place seeded ripe tomatoes, garlic cloves and dried basil in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process on high speed until thoroughly pureed.

Dissolve yeast in 120 degree water in the bowl of a heavy duty mixer. Add 1 cup of flour. Mix on medium speed about 10 minutes, or until gluten threads appear. Add puree, kosher salt and 2 cups of flour and mix until thoroughly incorporated.

Change to a dough hook, or turn out on a board. If using a dough hook, turn mixer to medium low and slowly add the last cup of flour. Mix with hook until all flour has been incorporated into dough. If finishing by hand, add about 1/4 cup of flour and begin kneading flour into dough. Fold, turn and knead about four times for each remaining 1/4 cup of flour.

Round the dough into a ball and cover with a clean, damp towel. Let rest for 10 minutes. Cut dough into 12 wedges. On a lightly floured board, roll each piece into a rope about 12 inches long and about 1/2 inch in diameter. Shape each rope into a ring. Wet both ends of the rope and press together to seal the ring. Place rings on a floured board, cover and let rise about 15 minutes (the dough will not be fully "doubled").

While dough is rising, fill a large, deep skillet or pan with about 2 inches of water. Cover and bring to a boil. Doing only two at a time, place a bagel ring into boiling water. Cook for only 30 seconds, then flip and cook the other side for only 30 seconds. Remove from boiling water and place on a rack to drain. Process all remaining bagel rings and let drain until surfaces have dried.

Sprinkle cornmeal onto two baking sheets. Place 6 bagels on each sheet and bake in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, place on racks and let cool.
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