Before I begin this post, I'd like to reply to this comment a friend (and potential baby mama) had for me in an e-mail:
p.s. you might want to re-consider this line from your latest blog: "And let me just say, to all the grandmothers out there, you'd better be damn glad that I wasn't on the prowl for man 40-some years ago, because my cooking would've done things in their mouths that they wouldn't have been able to even imagine enough to fantasize about."
(unless that wasn't a typo? ;)
No it wasn't a typo; sometimes I just choose to start sentences with the word And. Thank you very much.
Now that that's taken care of, get this: I made bagels today! There're some things in the world, bagels for instance, that I've always just kind of assumed were impossible to make at home. I realize that if I can make and carbonate my own beer, a bagel should be a cinch, but it was something I'd never thought to make. That said, I wasn't seeking to make bagels today despite having read up on them a little last night. Rather, I was aiming to make cinnamon rolls for my brother and I, but because I can never get my bread to rise properly I took the dough and made bagels instead.
1 Package Fleischer's Rapid Rise Yeast
0.5 c. Water
0.5 c. Milk
2/3 stick melted Butter
1/4 c. Sugar
3.5 c. Flour
Poppy Seeds (Optional)
Sesame Seeds (Optional)
Dissolve Yeast in warm Water. Mix Milk, Butter, Sugar, and the Egg well. Slowly add Flour and Yeast. Mix until ??? (I'm so bad at baking. I just got lucky today.) Let rise in a warm area covered with a damp towel. If it doesn't rise much like mine, then you can make Bagels! Roll into balls (I made 6) and poke a hole in the middle. Put them in boiling water for 3.5 minutes per side, then bake at 375 for about 30 minutes. Before putting them in the oven I placed the wet future Bagels on a plate of Sesame and Poppy Seeds, but this is purely optional. And delicious.