Here it is! These bagels hit the spot. They are lightly sweet and have that wonderful blueberry flavor with that fun purple dough. Here is a video to give you a visual on how to make these!
Fresh Milled Blueberry Bagels
2 cups of warm water
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 tbsp barley malt syrup
1/2 tbsp salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp instant yeast
4 cups of hard red wheat berries ground on bread setting ( about 6 cups of fresh milled flour)
2 tbsp gluten (optional, but bagels need a high gluten flour to get that big rise, its not necessary but if you want them to look like a bakery, add it)
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
Add the warm water, pure maple syrup, and barley malt syrup, and olive oil to a bowl.
Add the flour, salt, yeast, and optional gluten to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Knead for about 10 minutes. Add the blueberries to the dough and incorporate. Cover and let it rise 45 minutes. When its been 45 minutes start boiling the water.
Fill a large pot of water and add 1/3 cup coconut sugar to water or 1/4 cup barley malt syrup. Bring this to a boil.
Punch the dough down. Separate the dough into balls that are about 150 grams of dough. Do the pinch and tuck method for each ball. Punch a hole in the middle with your fingers. Insert two fingers into the hole and spin it around your fingers to stretch the hole. Let them rest another 15 minutes. Lay them on the sheet you will bake on. This is my favorite baking sheet! it just makes the transfer easier to the water.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Drop the bagels in the boiling water, two at a time is good, you just don't want them touching in the water. Boil for 1 minute on each side. So you will need to flip them to boil each side. I just set a timer on my phone. Put them back on the baking sheet.
I like to add an egg wash because it just gives it a glow that is like the bakery. A standard egg wash is one whole egg and two egg whites. Beat them together, and brush the bagels. Be sure to coat the whole bagel, down the sides and center.
Bake for 15-18 minutes on the middle rack!