Homemade Bantam Bagel Bites with Cream Cheese

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Homemade Bantam Bagel Bites with Cream Cheese

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Homemade Bantam Bagel Bites with Cream Cheese Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups Very Warm Tap Water
  • 1 package Rapid Rise Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 3 1/2-4 cups Bread Flour

For the Bagel Bath:

  • 2 quarts Water
  • 2 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda

Directions

  1. Cut the cream cheese into 22 sections and freeze.
  2. Pour the warm water into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a bread hook. Sprinkle in the yeast and dark brown sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the salt and canola oil and two cups of the flour. Add additional flour until a dough forms, about two more cups.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic, several minutes. Turn the dough in a bowl greased with butter or oil, place in a cold oven, and let rise one hour.
  5. Punch down the dough, briefly knead, and divide into 22 pieces.
  6. Wrap each piece of dough around a piece of frozen cream cheese, pinching the dough to seal and rolling in your palms to form a ball. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  7. Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a large saucepan, pour the water, additional brown sugar, and the baking soda. Bring to a boil.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, place several bagel balls into the boiling water at a time. Boil for 15 seconds, drain on the spoon, and return to the tray.
  9. Bake until the bagels are golden brown and cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. 

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