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                           NEW YORK-STYLE BAGELS
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 Serving Size  : 18   Preparation Time :0:00
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1                    Potato, peeled and quartered
    2       c            Boiling water
    1                    Package active dry yeast
    4       c            All-purpose flour
      1/2   tb           Salt
    1 1/2   tb           Sugar
      1/4   c            Vegetable oil
    2       lg           Eggs
                         Cornmeal to dust cookie
    2       qt           Water
    1                    Egg white (optional)
   Put potato into boiling water and boil for 15 minutes.
   Discard potato and let water cool to about 110 degrees
   Transfer 1/3 cup of the potato water to a small bowl.
   Sprinkle yeast over top of water and stir to combine.
   Set aside for 3 minutes.
   Sift flour, salt, and 1/2 tablespoon of the sugar
   together into a large bowl.  Add yeast mixture.  Stir
   in another 2/3 cup of the potato water and the oil.
   Add eggs one at a time and stir briskly until a dough
   ball is formed.
   Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for
   about ten minutes until dough ball is firm, adding a
   little extra flour if needed. Place in a greased bowl,
   turning the dough so all sides are greased. Cover the
   bowl with a clean towel and set aside in a warm place
   for about 1 hour until dough has risen to double its
   original size. Punch the risen dough down to flatten
   and remove from bowl.
   Cut dough into 18 equal pieces and shape each piece
   into a 6- to 7-inch-long, 3/4-inch-thick rope.  Bring
   the ends of one rope together and pinch closed.  (A
   little water on the ends will help secure them.)
   Repeat until 18 rings are formed.  Cover all rings
   with the towel and let rise for 20 minutes.
   Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Lightly grease a
   cookie sheet and dust with cornmeal.
   Bring the 2 quarts water to a boil.  Add the remaining
   tablespoon of sugar to the boiling water.  Drop the
   bagels into the water one at a time, cooking each for
   3 minutes, turning once.  As each bagel is removed
   from the water, place it on the cookie sheet.  If
   desired, paint the tops of the bagels with 1 egg white
   that has been beaten with 1 teaspoon water. Bake for
   12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
   Melody Zlatkin
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