Make-Ahead: You can make these up to 2 days ahead of time. Keep covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator before serving.
How to Store: These will last covered at room temperature for up to 4 days and in the refrigerator for up to 60 days. These will freeze well covered for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 day or until softened before serving.
If you do not have malt syrup when making the dough, please substitute with brown sugar.
You can definitely use a starter in this recipe and remember that you should always use 10% to 15% of the flour weight. Follow my sourdough recipe for folding up until final shape, and then from there follow this recipe.
If you only have instant yeast you can go right into mixing together the water, sugar, yeast, flour, and salt as there is no need to wait.
You will need a high gluten flour so bread flour is preferred, however, you can get away with using all-purpose flour, just reduce the amount of water by 7%.
No problem if you don’t have the malt syrup to boil the bagels in, simply substitute with light molasses or honey.
For proofing add the dough in the covered bowl to an unused over with the door cracked and only the oven light on for a perfect proofing environment.