Bagels, Cream Cheese and Damson Plum Jam
4 cups bread flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp instant yeast
1-1/4 - 1-1/2 cups of warm water
To EatCream Cheese
Damson Plum Jam
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. The dough should feel stiff, but add the extra water if it's really stiff, or if the flour doesn't completely incorporate.
Knead for about ten minutes, or until the dough is uniform and smooth.
Cut the dough into 8 equal sized balls, and let rest for 20 minutes. Take each of the dough balls and using two hands, roll it into a little snake on the counter. When the snake is longer than the width of your two hands, wrap it around your dominant rolling hand. The dough rope should be wrapped so the overlapping ends are together at your palm, near the start of your fingers. Now take the two overlapping ends, and use your palm to squish/roll these two ends together. Once the dough is fused, you should have a perfectly circle.
Let your bagels rest on the counter for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, pre heat your oven to 220 C (425F). Bring a pot of water to the boil, and grease a large baking tray lightly.
After the 20 minute wait, your bagels will start to look puffy. Add them as many at a time as you can to your boiling water without crowding them. Boil for about 2 minutes, turn them over, and boil for another 2 minutes. Take them out and let dry for a minute and then place them on your oiled baking tray. Repeat until all the bagels are boiled.
Add the tray to the oven, and after 10 minutes, flip the bagels over, bake for another ten minutes and they're done!
Let them cool slightly, smother with cream cheese and top with Damson Plum Jam.