2 cups warm water
1 packet (approx 2 tsp) active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
6 cups all-purpose flour (may need up to a cup extra)
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp canola oil, plus more for greasing the bowl
Red, yellow, green & blue food coloring
- Mix warm water and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer, or just a large bowl if you do not have a stand mixer.
- Add yeast to the sugar water and let stand until it bubbles and foams (about 10 minutes)
- Then add flour, oil, salt to the water.
- Mix on low with a dough hook for 5 minutes (if not using a stand mixer, mix with a wooden spoon until too thick to mix).
- After about 5 minutes, remove dough from bowl and knead by hand for another 5 minutes until you have a smooth (not at all sticky) dough. If dough is still sticky sprinkle with flour and knead until no longer sticky.
- Place the dough in a large bowl greased with oil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 60 minutes until doubled in size.
- After dough has risen, punch it down and then divide it into 6 portions
- Dye each portion with food coloring (use yellow and red to make orange and blue and red to make purple).
- This is a tedious and time consuming process, you will have to knead each piece for 10-15 minutes to get a uniform color. Keep at it though, the results are beautiful!
- Keep dough you aren’t using covered so it doesn’t dry out.
- The roll out each ball into a small rectangle and stack in rainbow order
- Twist the stack together to make a rainbow log.
- Divide the rainbow log into 8 colorful balls.
- Make a hole in the center of each ball and stretch to make the bagel hole (I like to swing my bagels around my finger to make the hole bigger)
- Set bagels aside and let rise for 10 minutes, covered.
- While bagels are rising, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Once bagels have risen, drop 3-4 at a time into the boiling water.
- Boil for 30 seconds on each side.
- Let bagels dry on a cooling rack.
- After they have boiled, bake them for 15 minutes on a parchment paper lined cooking sheet.
Original Recipes visit: How to make Rainbow Bagels @ momdot.com