You don’t need to be a seasoned baker to whip up these beautiful blueberry bagels. With a scoop of frozen blueberries, cinnamon and sugar, you can create dense bread rolls so stunning when topped with cream cheese and fresh berries for breakfast.
- 1 cup (250 ml) milk
- 3 tsps dried yeast (10g)
- 2 tbsps caster (superfine) sugar
- ½ cup (125 ml) warm water
- 80 g (2½ ounces) frozen blueberries, thawed
- 3¾ cups (560 g) plain (all-purpose) flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp water, extra
- ¼ cup (55 g) demerara sugar
- 250 g cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup (40 g) icing (confectioners') sugar
- 125 g fresh blueberries
Heat milk until just warm. Combine yeast, half the caster sugar, the warm water and milk, and blueberries in a large bowl; whisk until yeast dissolves. Cover; stand in a warm place for about 10 mins or until the mixture is frothy.
Stir sifted flour, cinnamon and remaining caster sugar into the yeast mixture; mix to a firm dough. Knead dough on a floured surface about 10 min or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough in a large oiled bowl; cover, stand in a warm place about 1 hr or until dough has doubled in size.
Grease two oven trays. Turn dough onto a floured surface, knead until smooth. Divide dough into 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Press a floured finger through the centre of each ball to make a hole; rotate ball with finger until the hole is a third of the size of the bagel. Place bagels about 3 cm apart on trays. Cover; stand in a warm place about 15 mins or until risen.
Drop 3 or 4 bagels, one at a time, into a large saucepan of boiling water (don’t overcrowd the pan). Turn bagels after 1 min; boil for a further 1 min. Remove with a slotted spoon. Return bagels to trays; brush tops with combined egg yolk and the extra water, sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake about 20 mins.
Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sifted icing sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until mixture is smooth.
Split bagels; toast under hot grill. Top bagels with cream cheese mixture and fresh blueberries to serve.
TIP Store bagels, split in half and wrapped in plastic wrap, in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.