Einkorn Sourdough Bagels

Makes 10 bagels

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the levain, water, and maple syrup until creamy. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the liquid mixture to the flour and mix with a stiff spatula or an Einkorn Kneading Tool as much as you can. Squeeze the dough in your hands until the dough holds together. Turn out on a clean work surface and knead by hand briefly until the dough just gets sticky. Return to the bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let proof for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Transfer the dough to a clean work surface. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces and create tight rounds by rolling each piece with pressure in a circular motion to form a ball. To form the bagels, roll each ball into a tight 6‐inch rope. Loop the dough to form a circle. Press one end over the other to seal. Brush a baking sheet with olive oil. Place the shaped bagels on the sheet, then cover with plastic wrap lightly brushed with oil and let rest for 45 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place in the oven. Preheat the oven to 500°F.
  3. Bring 2 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Lower the heat so the water is barely boiling, then add the baking soda. It will foam up and subside, then increase the heat to maintain a boil. Test a bagel by dropping it in the boiling water; it should float up to the surface pretty quickly. If not, place back on the tray and proof the bagels for 30 minutes.
  4. Cook 3 bagels at a time for 45 seconds until the bagels expand and turn dark yellow, flipping after 20 seconds. Lift up the bagels with a slotted spoon and transfer to a cooling rack. If you wish to add seeds or spices to the bagels, let the bagels rest for 2 minutes, then pick up each bagel with your hands and press the topside into the toppings.
  5. Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and line it with a new piece of parchment paper. Position the bagels 1 inch apart on the sheet.
  6. Bake the bagels for 13 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the bagels to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before serving. Store in a sealed plastic bag for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.