I love, love bagels and cream cheese. I could eat one for every meal of the day.
I went to college in Vermont, and there was the best bagel place near Killington that I would always stop at on my way home. I don't even remember the name, but they had every kind of bagel that you could think of. They tasted nothing like the bagels you buy in the grocery store, they were boiled or steamed and it made all the difference.
We make our own bagels, and they taste just like the bagels at that bagel place.
With just four ingredients, you can make your own too.
My favorite topping is sea salt, but the options are endless with these recipes.
I also use King Arthur white-whole wheat flour instead of white flour, and they are so good.
I know mine do not look like bagels. I don't like to take the time to make the hole in the center. The faster I can make them the better.
They do not last long.
Recipe for bread machine bagels here.
Recipe for bagels by hand here.
I guarantee if you try these, you will never buy bagels in the grocery store ever again!