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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81 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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