Sweet, chewy bagels flavoured with cranberries and orange zest. Try them filled with cream cheese.
600g/1lb 5oz strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
10g/¼oz fast-action yeast
3 tbsp golden caster sugar
1 tbsp mixed spice
310ml/½ pint warm water
3 tsp sea salt flakes
2 large oranges, zest only
2 tsp vegetable oil
75g/2½oz dried cranberries, chopped
50g/2oz candied orange peel, chopped
3 tbsp light brown sugar, for the poaching water
1 free-range egg, lightly beaten, for glazing
4-5 brown sugar cubes, lightly crushed
For the dough, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Lightly oil a large bowl and grease two large baking sheets.
In a large clean bowl, mix the flour, yeast, golden caster sugar and mixed spice together. In a separate bowl, mix the water, salt, orange zest and vegetable oil, then gradually incorporate this mixture into the dry ingredients.
On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Transfer to the oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave for 10 minutes. Briefly knead the dough again for a minute, cover again and leave to prove for a further 10 minutes.
Add the cranberries and candied peel to the dough and knead until evenly distributed. Cover and set aside to prove for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each piece into a neat ball. Cover with a damp tea towel and set aside to prove for 20 minutes.
Shape the dough balls into rings by inserting a wooden spoon handle into the centre and using your fingers to gently stretch the dough.
To prepare the poaching water, fill two large pans with water, distribute the brown sugar between them and bring to the boil. Poach the bagels two or three at a time for 30 seconds on each side. Lift them out with a slotted spoon, shake off any excess water and lay them on the prepared baking trays.
Brush lightly with egg, sprinkle over the crushed sugar cubes and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden-brown.
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