Worth It Not Worth It

A Worth It Not Worth It For Bagels

Homemade Bagels: Heaven or Hell? 

Baking bread is kind of a bore, and it never really turns out right. I tried making focaccia once and I was so disappointed with the results that I actually got angry.The way that bread baking is depicted online/in food magazines/in cookbooks perfectly encapsulates one of the main reasons that I started Impatient Foodie: The people in the pictures always have a calm, content smile on their faces, when the experience of bread making for almost everyone is exasperating, time consuming, and ultimately not worth it. Sometimes I feel like the pictures vaguely remind of the Virgin Mary looking contentedly over baby Jesus. I feel a little weird saying that, but it’s true.. What do you think? Here is a perfect example (from Getty Images).


I mean, it’s a bit much, isn’t it? Does anyone look like this while they are making bread? (And the rays of sunlight!! PLEASE.)

So anytime I see a recipe for bread (especially when it has the word “easy” attached to it), I tend to roll my eyes and skip ahead. But VICE Munchies’ Homemade Bagels recipe got me excited. I started fantasizing about walking into the office with my own homemade bagels feeling very self-satisfied. Maybe I would even smile at my bagel like it was a Baby Jesus! (I don’t think I would be able to help myself!) So, I decided to embark on a bagel making adventure.

Without going into the weeds on this bagel making process, I am going summarize by saying this: It takes time, but for some reason making bagels does not feel as hard as making other breads. And I swear to God, when you take your first bite into your warm, crunchy bagel, made with your own two hands, you might just fall to your knees and have a religious experience. I was not able to make my bagels as pretty and smooth as the ones I see in the deli, but WHO CARES? Homemade ones are infinitely better in taste and texture. In fact, this bagel recipe spoiled me for life and I have not had a store bought bagel since. Yes, I am now one of those people who gloat about who their homemade whatever is soooo much better. Unapologetically.

Verdict: Worth It.

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  • Marty4650 .

    Absolutely right. You can do anything yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can do it better or do it cheaper than the people who specialize in doing it.

    There are some things you really can do better. But baking bread just isn’t one of them. You end up spending twice as much for bread that isn’t half as good.

    This is why we prize good bakeries.

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