Saltie Cooks - The Rainbow Bagel
Date Updated: 21/11/2022
The rainbow serves as a symbol of peace and serenity, seen at a time when the sun breaks through the clouds and the rain has gone.
We all need more rainbows in our lives right now! So let’s embrace the rainbow with this bagel recipe.
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The Rainbow Bagel originated in Brooklyn where they are filled with candy floss, cream cheese and sprinkles (everyone’s favourite topping, right?).
- Add 2.5 teaspoons of least to about 200ml warm water, along with 2 tbs of sugar – we used golden caster sugar.
- Leave it for a few minutes and wait for it to froth up.
- Meanwhile, in a big bowl, mix 500g of Strong White Flour with 2 teaspoons sea salt and a teaspoon of vegetable oil.
- Then add the yeast mixture and combine. Add about 25ml warm water until it all comes makes a nice dough. Keep working/ kneading for a good 10 minutes until it is lovely and smooth.
- Put it in an oiled bowl and leave to rise somewhere warm for an hour or so. We suggest covering with a tea towel.
- When it has doubled in size the fun begins…Before you start to be sure to turn your oven on to the highest and line a couple of baking trays with baking parchment – ready to go!
- Divide the dough into six equal parts.
- Put on rubber gloves – this is very very very important. The next part is quite messy.
- Drop a fair amount of different neon food colouring into the center of each mound of dough. Then work them one at a time until the colour has really got into all the dough. It seems lighter colours work the easiest, but keep at it. Don’t pull it apart, just keep folding it in on itself. This is quite a good stress releasing exercise…
- Top Tip: We suggest you rinse your gloves between each colour as not to let the colours bleed.
- When you have six beautiful coloured piles take them one at a time and roll them out. Use flour on your rolling pin and cover the dough that is waiting so it doesn’t go dry.
- Try and follow the colours of the rainbow – we didn’t have red so we went Yellow and Pink and Blue and Orange and Purple and Blue!
- From bagel experience, we now know the colours on the ‘outside’ of the rainbow show up most so feel free to put your faves on the edges.
- Then slice across your layers, and take a piece to make a little sausage. You twist it once, twice, three times and then create a ring. Set aside whilst you make the rest of your bagels.
- Meanwhile, get a big pan of water on the boil.
- You should get about 6-8 rings from the batch. Leave them for 15 minutes to prove a bit. They won’t get huge, but they will have a bit of fluffiness.
- Then drip them into the boiling water. 3-4 at a time. Remove with a slotted spoon after 30 secs and drop onto a prepared baking tray. Now they will really start to look like bagels – very shiny bagels.
- Leave to settle and dry for a few minutes and then bake for 20 minutes.
- While they cool down start on your shmear. This is our version of the cotton candy cream cheese filling.
- Beat together
- 100ml unsalted butter
- 300g of cream cheese
- 300g of icing sugar
- and a splash of vanilla altogether.
- Cut your bagel in half and be amazed at how it looks inside.
- Smear you shmear over half and sprinkle rainbow sprinkles. Sandwich together, and enjoy half cake, half bun – Rainbow Bagel!
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