Bagel step 3: second rise
Bagels - Introduction
Source: The Best Bagels are made at home by Dona Z. Meilach - Order
During the second rising of the dough, the bagels will puff up on the greased baking
sheet. cover them with a length of plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick vegetable spray or a
very lightly dampened cloth such as a tea towel. Place them in a draft free location and
let them rise at room temperature until puffy, about 20 minutes.
Bagels can be refrigerated at this point, should you decide to boil and bake them later,
or the next morning. Leave them covered so they do not dry out. Remove from the
refrigerator and allow to warm slightly while you boil water and preheat the oven.
The second rise can be speeded up by using the microwave. Fill a 2-cup microwave-safe
measuring cup with water and bring the water to a boil. Place in a corner of the
microwave. Place the baking sheet of covered bagels in the microwave and close the door,
but so not turn on the microwave. The bagels should rise in a bout 6 minutes. (It won't
matter if the sheet is metal because you don't turn on the oven.)
Or, spray shaped tops of dough with water. Place bagels on a microwave-safe surface and
heat in the microwave on LOW or DEFROST setting for 3 minutes; rest for 3 minutes. Repeat
heating and resting until bagels are puffy.
Proceed to Step 4: Boil or "kettle".
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