We've made these a few times now (like 4 or 5) but I am just getting around to sharing the recipe. If I could remember and plan ahead everyday, we would have them everyday. My kids LOVE, LOVE them. They have almost replaced their favorite breakfast food and they might be my favorite breakfast food. I love bagels. And these bagels are so good it's ridiculous. My favorite bagel recipe so far, by far.
I adapted the recipe to use active dry yeast because that's what I always have on hand (I buy Red Star active dry yeast in bulk) and that's what I want my recipe to call for. I don't want to have to buy different kinds of yeast.
If you like cinnamon raisin bagels, these need to go on your to-make list. They take some planning and a little bit of time, but they are so, so worth it!
Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
For the sponge:
1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups water (about 90 degrees)
3 1/2 cups bread flour
For the dough:
1/4 cup warm water
3/4 tsp active dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
2 T brown sugar
3 cups bread flour*
2 3/4 tsp salt
2 cups loosely packed raisins, rinsed
1 T cinnamon
1-2 T baking soda
cornmeal for dusting
For the sponge, combine water and yeast and let sit 5-10 minutes for yeast to dissolve. In the bowl of your mixer, combine water/yeast mixture and flour. Mix well.
Cover (I like to use a lid that will fit instead of having to use plastic wrap. I just grab one of the lids for my pans and set it over the top.)
and let sit for about 2 hours, until at least doubled in size. It will be very bubbly.
And then experience pure heaven. No, seriously. These are good just plain with nothing on them. No cream cheese or butter necessary but I won't judge if you slather it with things. If you have any left over after the first day, they are best stored in the freezer and reheated when ready. You can pre-slice them before freezing or I just microwave them for 10 seconds so I can slice them and then toast them. They are unbelievable from the toaster, even days later.
Makes about 16 bagels
Source: Adapted from Tracey's Culinary Adventures.