I used my standard bagel recipe, but this time, I added a couple tablespoons more water to balance the extra cheese/jalapeno ingredients and I ran out of bread flour 3 cups in, so I used 1 cup of all-purpose flour as well...which I think really helped my recipe! The bagels turned out extremely light, fluffy and were just delicious. According to my husband, these were the best batch I'd ever made. Period. And 2 bagels later, he was still giving me the thumbs up sign.
Jalapeno Cheddar Bagels
Recipe inspired by Joelen's Culinary Adventures
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 3/4 cups water + 2 tbs., warm (100-110F)
- 4 cups bread flour (not all purpose)
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbs. Onion powder
- 2 medium-sized jalapenos, seeded, ribs removed, diced very finely
- 3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese, for the dough
- 1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese for the bagel tops
- 1 tbs. honey to the boiling water
In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) combine yeast, sugar & water. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in flour, salt, onion powder, cheese & jalapenos. Mix dough thoroughly until it comes together in a large ball, pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Add an additional tablespoon of flour or water, if needed.
If kneading by hand, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface & knead until very smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If using a stand mixer, knead dough with the dough hook until elastic, about 8 minutes on a low speed. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl (non-stick spray works wonderfully), cover with plastic wrap & let rise for 1 hour.
Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil & preheat the oven to 400F.
When dough has risen, turn the dough out onto a very lightly floured surface & divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a tight ball. Using your fingers, poke a hole through the center of each dough ball. Stretch out the dough into a ring with your fingers & make the hole a little larger than you want the finished bagel to have, as it will shrink slightly while the bagel is expanding during the baking process. When all the balls are shaped, let the dough rest for 30 minutes covered with a clean dish towel.Working four at a time, drop the bagels carefully into the boiling water. Boil for 1 minute on the first side, then flip & boil for an additional minute. Using a slotted spoon or strainer, transfer bagels to a clean towel to drain for a moment, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Sprinkle bagels with cheddar cheese on top immediately after removing from the water & bake for 20-24 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a rack.