Bagel, Bagel, Bagel. I made it out of high-gluten flour

I made bagels for the first time in over 20 years. Since I INHALED my first one, I’m going to guess they’re good.

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I started with the recipe in The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, but since I made the sponge at 8:00 last night and didn’t want to stay up all night to finish the dough and give the bagels the overnight maturation in the refrigerator, my process deviated. In retrospect, especially as I was up into 1:00 watching TV anyway, I think they would be better had I not missed this step.

The child did not complain.

 

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World’s laziest blogger

I have barely been doing what anyone would call “cooking” in this heat, let alone cracking open a cookbook. I have taken some pictures, but they are languishing on my camera. Basically, I suck.

I promise to do a catch-up post with all the things from my camera this weekend.

FRIED!

So I admit to making one of the recipes without taking pictures. I made the veggie burgers after hanging out at the park with the kid after school on a hot day and didn’t even think of it until we were eating. But, as they made 12 burgers, I can at least give you a picture of the finished product since that’s what I had for dinner tonight. And YUM!

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I’m sure this will eventually be on the VegTimes website

But this post is mainly about the fritters. As I said before, the Vegan Soul Food cookbook is always a winner, but perhaps I should have specified taste-wise. These fritters were certainly tasty, but a pain in the ass to cook.

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As you can see from the feature image, I didn’t have black-eyed peas, but used soldier beans instead. I’m sure that didn’t matter.

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I assure you this tasted better than it looks

I also didn’t fry in coconut oil. If I could afford to use 5 cups of coconut oil for frying, I could afford to have someone cook it for me too. Peanut  oil was used instead.

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And here is where all my shots got blurry

See all those little bits in the oil? That’s from the first batch that completely fell apart. It took a while to get the frying right so that they would brown, not burn, and stay together

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Failed fritter and failed photo

But there was a lot of batter so we had enough for me to have a meal and Spouse to have half a meal (supplemented with ramen).

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Would I make this again? Probably. And if I didn’t have seven different kinds of hot sauce in my pantry, I might even make the hot sauce to go with it (we used Alex’s Ugly Ghost Pepper sauce instead.) I would be more likely to make this for a group though as part of a larger meal. Two to three each is more than enough  for an appetizer and it would benefit from being followed by a crisp salad to balance the oil.