Tuesday, June 2, 2009
A friend of mine recently emailed to me this article. In it, the author tinkers in her kitchen to see if making things that she might normally buy at the store is really more cost effective. She figures in the cost of materials and the energy used to turn on the oven.
In the article she finds that making bagels is more cost effective than buying them. I've made bagels a few times and concluded that making bagels is silly. I mean, I live in Brooklyn. There are two bagels places two blocks from us, one in either direction. And, making bagels, although not hard, is not easy either. Loaves of bread are easier than bagels. But, since she was adamant, and posted a link to the recipe she swears by, I thought I would give them another go.
Her recipe was easier than the one I had been using. The one I used had you form the bagels, let them rise, broil them for a minute on each side, then they rest, then boil them, more resting, then baking. This recipe skips the broiling part which cuts out a good chunk of time. And that means I get to eat the bagels sooner. And so does Andrew.
Will bagels become part of my normal baking? If the other family members have anything to say about it, they will be. My guys love bagels. I'm still not sure though. I'd take a scone over a bagel any day.
Posted by Dave at 9:00 AM