Thursday, November 17, 2011

Apples and Cinnamon

Don’t you hate those days where you just can’t seem to shake off a bad feeling? 

Something keeps nagging at you…but you can’t figure out what.

You keep playing over the parts of the bad dream from last night.

You create absurd scenarios in your head and wonder what would happen if they ever came to be.

I am not a depressed person, but everyone has a bad day every now and then.  One of the best things you can do to perk yourself up is to have some comfort food.

What is your favorite comfort food?  I am definitely a macaroni and cheese girl.  One of my other favorite things is hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks.  In fact, apple cinnamon is just one of my favorite flavors. 

Which is why I made a bagel version.  Sweet apples+spicy cinnamon=delicious bagels. 

What makes them even better is the cinnamon walnut cream cheese I made to enhance their delightfulness.  It totally worked.  (Making new cream cheese flavors is so fun!) 

Nothing hits the spot on a bad day like a delicious toasted bagel with cream cheese.  Especially with some hot apple cider on the side.  

Apple Cinnamon Bagels

Note: The apple and applesauce provide enough liquid for the recipe.

5/8  cup applesauce
medium apple, cut up into tiny pieces
1 T vegetable oil
2 T honey  
1 t salt
5/8 cup whole wheat flour
2 3/4 cup bread flour
2 1/2 t active dry yeast
1 t cinnamon

1. Mix all ingredients together.  Knead and let rise an hour.

2. Shape dough into six bagels. ( Roll dough into balls and poke a hole in the middle.)  Let rise 30 min. During this time prepare your pot of boiling water.

3. Boil the bagels.  About 1 min per side.  Preheat oven to 400 F.

4. Bake 25-30 min.

5. Smother with cream cheese and enjoy!

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  1. Sorry you had a rough day! Looks like the bagels were delicious! You and Karl sure like your bagels :)

  2. I'm sorry you had a bad day, love. I'm so glad you were able to make these amazing bagels and cream cheese to brighten it up, though!!!!! I love you around the world and back!!!!

  3. What excuse would we have for great comfort food like this without a few shit days thrown in, eh? Hope your spirits are lifted and your belly is full.

  4. Thanks for the comments! :) These bagels definitely will brighten up any day. Delicious!

  5. How does the yeast rise? Do you have to heat the applesauce?

  6. The bagel cookbook I use doesn't say to use warm water at all with any recipes. I thought it was strange, but it's worked every time. I actually didn't have applesauce, so I substituted plain yogurt which worked great. The original recipe doesn't say to heat the applesauce either.