The best bagels in DC now come out of my kitchen, and it's all thanks to Jo Goldenberg via Melinda Lee. Seriously, this recipe was so easy (and messy) that I'm currently pricing stand-up mixers and bigger kitchens, just so I can make these more often.
Then again, I always did want to buffen up my spindly little arms.
The first proof:
The half proof, which should really be called the second proof since, sequentially, it occurs second, but I'm not really a baker so WHAT THE HELL DO I KNOW:
The water bath:
You guys should totally make these this weekend and tell me how it goes. (So it goes.)