There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven. Last week, I baked my first successful loaf of bread – brioche from Bread Ahead bakery.

I was so excited that I have decided to continue my bread quest. Since I have this awesome e-cookbook filled with Bread Ahead recipes, I am going to keep working my way through them, and I’ll share the results with you.

I’ve always wanted to make my own bagels. I usually run through the Dunkin’ Donuts drive through on my way to work Friday mornings. How epic would it be to have my own freshly-baked bagel ready to toss in the toaster?

I followed the surprisingly easy recipe, combining the ingredients and making sure the bowl was empty before stretching and tearing the dough, kneading it into a structured ball.

But this beautiful ball of dough almost did not make it into the bagels it was meant to become.

It rose beautifully. I cut the dough into seven nearly identical pieces, rolled them into 25cm strips, curled each into a round, and carefully wet the ends to tuck them under each other.

As the oven preheated, I set each circle gently into a simmering pot of water, 40 seconds on each side.

Then, just as I slid the last bagel out of the water and onto the cookie sheet…the power went out.

Yep. It did. I waited, hoping the power would come back on. It did not.

I panicked. There were no instructions for this scenario. And it wasn’t like I could call England. Or the bake-a-bagel hitting.

I took a chance and put them in the oven while it was still hot. 13 minutes. I just needed the oven to stay hot enough for them to bake for 13 minutes.

Alas, it did not. The bagels mostly baked. They puffed up, but had not yet browned.

I sadly pulled them out of the oven, resigned to the likelihood that my beautiful bagels were doomed. Sure enough, they flattened out within minutes.

An hour later, when the power came back on, I decided to take a chance. I reheated the oven and put the bagels back in.

And they came back to life! I was so excited! The texture was a little off, but the flavor was great. I feel pretty confident that I will achieve bagel perfection next time.

Next up? Scones and donuts. Stay tuned!

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