I consider one of my big "from scratch" successes to be my homemade bagels. Bagels have a certain air of mystery about them, so I was shocked to find out how really simple they are to make. You wouldn't think that it would be easy to boil bread dough, but there's nothing to it! My husband insists that my bagels are much better than store-bought, and who am I to argue with that? :-)
Final Analysis: Homemade bagels are surprisingly simple and very cost-effective to make. In my family's opinion, they far surpass grocery store brand bagels and taste more like real "New York style" bagels from a bagel shop.
Store bought - $3.79 for 12 mini name brand grocery store bagels ($.32/bagel), much more for bagel shop bagels
Homemade - $.89 for 9 medium sized bagels ($.09/bagel)
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