6 Cups Flour
1 1/2 TS Salt
4 TB Sugar
2 1/2 TS Yeast
2 Cups Warm Water
First mix 4 tablespoons of sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons of yeast and 2 cups of warm water. Allow to sit about 10 minutes until you begin to see bubbles.
In a separate larger bowl mix 6 cups flour and 1 1/2 TS salt. I used bread flour but all-purpose flour is perfectly fine.
Make a well in the flour and pour yeast mixture in. Combine with a spoon and then use your hands to knead the dough.
Continue to knead until dough becomes elastic and smooth. Allow to rest about 5 minutes.
Separate into 8 equal pieces and mold into bagels. I take two ends and twirl a few times in the air. Then pinch ends together to make a bagel. Allow to rest for 15 minutes once all bagels are formed.
While bagels are resting preheat oven at 375 F and bring a pot of water to a boil with 2 teaspoons of baking soda.
Drop bagels into water and boil for 1 minute each bagel.
Lay bagels on parchment covered cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle any seasonings you may want so they will stick to wet bagels. I used poppy-seed.
Bake in oven for 30 minutes. But start checking on them at 20 minutes. Last time I made these they were golden in 20 minutes however this time in took 30 minutes.