Pumpernickel Everything Bagels
They say that "Necessity is the Mother of Invention", and I've always found that to be true. Lately, the whole pandemic situation has been bringing that whole theory to reality for a lot of people - including for me and my husband.
For his part, my husband has been building. I now have a custom set of planters, designed specifically to be attached to the top railings of our back mini-deck, for easy access from the kitchen. When I injured my foot badly enough to not be able to put ANY weight on it this past weekend, he went out to the garage and came back less than 2 hours later with a homemade knee scooter, from whatever he had on hand.
I'd bastardize a quote from Red Green and say "If you can't marry handsome, you should marry handy", but I lucked out and got both 🙂 Anyway!
About a month ago, I kind of put my foot down on certain aspects of grocery shopping. I know I probably seemed a little paranoid at the time, but I saw what was coming - so no more buying easily-bruised (and therefore hard to REALLY wash) fruits out of bins... and no more buying fresh bakery goods displayed out in the open. Sensible, IMHO... but it meant no more of my husband's favourite bagels for the foreseeable future. (When things go back to normal: Starsky's in Hamilton. Amazing bagels!)
SO, this morning I finally got around to doing something I've had in the back of my head for a while : retooling my basic bagel recipe (Which was the basis for my Jalapeno Cheddar Bagels Recipe, for instance) *completely*, to create a proper pumpernickel recipe for him.
I ended up going a little wild with it, and just completely tricking it out to his taste (and, to a lesser degree... what we have on hand. No whole wheat flour, as a result!). I ended up combining his two favourite bagel types - Pumpernickel, and "Everything", tweaking the "Everything" topping to better work with Pumpernickel (No poppyseeds, but adding caraway seeds)... having caraway seeds in the bagel, adding a little honey in the boil to get a bit of sweet faux-caramelization on the crust during the bake, AND having cornmeal on the bottom (Totally optional, btw).
He took one bite, said "I love you MORE!", and declared them to be even better than Starskys. WOW. I was hoping for "Good enough for a quarantine substitute, for now".
Luckily, these are easy enough to make, that anyone can do it. It doesn't take any special skills or equipment, just a little bit of patience as the dough rises.
I hope you enjoy these as much as he does!
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