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Bagel Toast

Bagel toast is absolutely one of my favorite childhood foods. Not many of you know it about me, but for years I was a super picky eater. Eating only very basic stuff, not diverse at all. And the toast was the dish I felt most comfortable with. A spread, cheese, and toppings. Very simple and straightforward. For this toast, I made the bagel from scratch which makes it the coolest bagel toast I ever had. Usually, bagels are high and thick, containing a lot of dough that is not necessary for the toast at all (Zikki taught me to ask to scoop my NY bagel- brilliant). My method is to flatten the bagels after we shape them. It results in a wide-flat bagel, perfect for your toast. 2.5 hours from start to bite.



Ingredients:

500 gr white flour

200 gr water

100 gr milk

15 gr olive oil

10 gr salt

10 gr honey

10 gr dry yeast


Method:

- In a bowl add water, milk, olive oil, honey, and yeast. Stir them well for about 2 min.



- Add the flour and start mixing. When all the ingredients come together, add the salt.


- Work the dough until you feel most of the salt was incorporated in the dough and move the dough to a working surface.



- Knead the dough for about 8-10 min, until it's smooth and sexy.



- Round the dough into a tight ball and it rests in a clean bowl, covered with a towel until almost double in size.


- After the dough has raised in size, punch it to take out all the air.


- Divide the dough into 200 gr pieces. Each one of them, shape into a tight ball and cover with a towel to rest for about 20 min.



- Then make a hole in the center of the dough ball and start stretching it evenly to create a bagel shape.



- Dip the bagel in water, then coat it completely with sesame seeds.



- Place the bagels on a baking tray (with a baking sheet) about 2-3 cm from each other.


- Smash them into 1/2 cm thickness, cover with a towel, and let them rest until double in size.



- In the meantime- preheat the oven to 375F or 190C.


- Bake the bagels for 20-25 min.



- Let them cool down for about half an hour.


- Open the bagel in half and spread pizza sauce (literally tomato diced in a can, basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, and salt), cheese (to your choice), and olives (or any other toppings you have in mind).



- Toast the bagel in a toaster until the cheese melts and you get a nice crust.



- Eat immediately. And make one for each person you host. I'm not sure you will share it :)


- YASSS.


BenGingi.

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