I Love Bagels. I also love chocolate. See where this is going?
You know, sometimes I just crave bagels. I’m the ultimate carb lover. Breads and pasta are my Achilles heel. Usually I don’t want a whole bagel and only eating a half throws off the entire bag. I mean, what if I need a whole bagel for a sandwich later? There’s still a lonely half in the bag no matter what. I guess a lonely half is a pet peeve of mine, except I’m the only one who eats bagels in this house. My solution is to make a bagel loaf!
Making your own loaf is cheaper than buying them. The whole loaf costs around the same as a single bagel with your morning coffee. Not to mention you control the ingredients. So lets get started and save a stop on your way to work.
In a small bowl, combine the water and sugar and stir to dissolve. Pour in the yeast and allow this to sit until activated (about 7 minutes.)
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Once the yeast mixture has activated, pour into the flour mixture and stir until a crumbly dough forms.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough begins to become elastic (about 5-7 minutes). Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times to get all the air out.
Roll out into a large rectangle (about 12 x 14) if you don’t have a big enough pot to boil that long of a loaf you can cut the dough in half and make 2 smaller loafs.
You may need to let the dough rest for a few minutes to get it to fully roll out.
Let the dough rest for 10 minutes after you roll it out.
Brush butter on it
Lay chocolate chips in a horizontal line just below the top
Gently roll the dough up encasing the chocolate chips. Lightly brush with butter as you roll it up.
Bring a large diameter skillet of water to a boil.
Place the loaf in the boiling water for 30 seconds. Flip the loaf over and boil for another 30 seconds.
Whisk the egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl and brush it over loaf. The egg wash will add a pretty brown sheen to your loaf just like a bagel.
bake at 425°F for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Does a bagel really have to be in bagel form to be a bagel??