Bagels | Basics with Babish (feat. Dan Souza)

Bagels | Basics with Babish (feat. Dan Souza)

Check out What’s Eating Dan?, where Dan Souza tests the theory of New York vs. Boston water for bagel-making, and a whole lot more!

This week on Basics, we’re tackling one of the home-cook holy-grails: really chewy, really crisp, really good bagels, somehow existing outside NYC. Or Montreal.

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1 cup plus 2 tablespoons ice water (9 ounces)
2 tablespoons malt syrup
2 ⅔ cups (14 2/3 ounces) bread flour
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten
2 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
2 teaspoons salt
¼ cup (1 1/4 ounces) cornmeal
¼ cup (1 3/4 ounces) sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda

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82 Responses

  1. Corrin Fire Emblem says:

    Make Stupendous Stew from Super Mario Odyssey

    *Optional* Play Jump Up Super Star music when cooking it

  2. Nathan Bryan says:

    Shoulda called it “Bagels with Babish”

  3. Sean Daniel says:

    If you’re reading this, I hope everything good comes your way, and you experience peace, happiness, and health in your life.

  4. Friendship says:

    _You are not a donut. YOU’RE A BAGEL! LIARS!!! LIARS EVERYWHERE!!!_

    *~ The Witch (Adventure Time, 2010)*

  5. Brahim Ruño says:

    can you link the measuring pump thing you used for the Molasses?

  6. Jai Malhotra says:

    Make the cheese sandwich from Fyre Festival

  7. Kat King says:

    Dearest Babs, please make Boyle’s Multi-Ethnic Thanksgiving from B99. Love, Kat

  8. FOOD by Lyds says:

    Babish, basics, bagels. I’m completely happy now.

  9. The Girl Who Wears Pants says:

    I always forget that you’re in my time zone and not in LA so whenever you post I always think, “WHY ARE YOU POSTING SO EARLY”

  10. Tucker L says:

    Did someone say “All the lunches from The Breakfast Club?”

    What a cool idea!

  11. Sangtrone says:

    I thought I recognized Dan. America’s Test Kitchen and Cooks Illustrated, represent.

  12. Firefox is red, Explorer is blue. Google+ sucks and Chrome does too. says:

    I like how you two have inverted hair.

  13. Lord Jaraxxus says:

    You should make popplers from Futurama or Bender’s terrible food in the iron chef episode of futurama that would be fun you know the audience loves to see you suffer??

  14. Binging with Babish says:

    Where’s everybody’s favorite bagels from? I’m tired of making them and want to go out and buy one.

  15. Media Addict says:

    So are you going to make cream cheese and other classic bagel toppings next, maybe lox ?

  16. Justin Y. says:

    I sure love me a dough donut.

  17. Spo N says:

    Cook heroin from trainspotting

  18. BeThaSheezy says:

    Montreal Bagels are by far the best.

  19. Nicholas Galarnyk says:

    “This is pure gluten.”

    “Yes, this could kill half the population of NYC.”

    Comedic gold.

  20. Glen & Friends Cooking says:

    I think you are missing that je ne sais quoi of Montreal… Babish come North and work with us!

    • Adam Chafe says:

      Just visited NYC for the first time this past fall and this is EXACTLY what I thought as well. There is just something slightly different about Montreal style that makes them so good.

      I liked the bagels I had… but they were easily second place. The Bialy however were very very good.

    • Robert Follows says:

      +Adam Chafe The two things that make montreal bagels iconic is that they’re boiled in a mix of water and honey, and cooked in a wood fired oven

    • Adam Chafe says:

      +Robert Follows Yeah, when I make them at home I boil in honey, even if it is a NYC style recipe. It adds such a nice flavor. One day when I have a wood fired oven I will bake them that way as well haha.

      Luckily I do have a Montreal style bakery here in my town so I can buy good bagels from them if I am being lazy.

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