No-knead Pumpkin Spice Sourdough Bagels

No-Knead Pumpkin Spice Sourdough Bagels | theclevercarrot.com

I never thought I’d bake bagels at home.

Why bother when you can just buy a dozen from the store on Sunday morning? I’m from New York where we have access to some of THE BEST bagels in the world!

After creating and testing hundreds of recipes for Artisan Sourdough Made Simple I had a change of heart.

Turns out, the fuss of making bagels was all in my head. The process is surprisingly therapeutic, the results are tastier than store-bought (when is the last time you even had a sourdough bagel?), and the dough itself is super easy to handle for many reasons:

  • a.) you don’t have to knead it.
  • b.) it’s so dry, you can basically shape it however you want.
  • c.) if you mess up just let it rest and try again.

And that boiling part you’re secretly dreading?

Yes, yes, yes, you need to boil the bagels prior to baking to set the crust… but it’s easy! If you can make ravioli you can boil bagels at home.

So here we are, with a brand new recipe which is a twist on my Sunday Morning Bagels from the book.

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a serendipitous trip to Italy

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Never in a million years did I think that touching a bag of fresh pasta would magically transport me to Italy only two months later.

Are you ready for this story?!

One summer night, I found myself in the kitchen cooking a big pasta dinner for my family. We were up in Lake Placid on our annual summer vacation. It’s always a very lively trip; my cousins and their kids come along with extended family and their friends. It’s like “My Big Fat Italian Wedding” except no one is getting married (or eating lamb).

On the menu was fresh tagliatelle with a simple tomato sauce. Right before adding the pasta into the pot I looked at the bag (the brand was Giovanni Rana- remember that name!) and thought to myself, I hope this is going to be good!

What I didn’t realize however, was that things were about to get really good….

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Ina Garten’s Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ina Garten's Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts | theclevercarrot.com

I love Ina Garten.

If there’s one chef I’d be so lucky to have dinner with it would be the Barefoot Contessa herself (and Jamie Oliver, of course).

You think they’d get along?

Seriously though, every one of her recipes are meticulously tested, they taste amazing, and I can tell you personally she’s the nicest (and I mean the nicest) person ever. My cousin makes a version of her meatballs and they are so, so good. I think it’s the nutmeg…

But enough celebrity crush talk for now… let’s get into some brussels sprouts!

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