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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overnight cranberry pecan sourdough

Overnight Cranberry Pecan Sourdough |theclevercarrot.com

Just a quick note: I wanted to personally thank each and everyone of you for your support re: Artisan Sourdough Made Simple! It’s truly overwhelming to read all of your comments, reviews, and to see your bread pics on social media and blogs! It’s very inspiring. And the book is currently #1 on Amazon for new releases in bread baking! I couldn’t have done this without you. Please continue to use hashtag #ArtisanSourdoughMadeSimple so I can see more beautiful bakes from the book! 

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Seasonal baking: it’s one of my favorite things about sourdough.

Here on Long Island, the leaves are changing colors, pumpkin spice everything is cluttering the stores, and all I can think about is Thanksgiving dinner (and the delicious leftovers, of course!).

This hearty cranberry pecan sourdough is not in my book, however it’s lightly adapted from my Saturday Morning Fruit toast. It’s soft, chewy, slightly sweet… and if you toast the pecans prior to baking you’ll get an extra hit of nutty flavor which is always welcome, if you’re in the mood.

Speaking of pecans, if you bake with them often, Costco sells huge bags of assorted nuts at a reasonable price (I can’t remember the exact cost, but check it out the next time you are in the store).

If you prefer smaller bags of nuts, hit up Trader Joe’s and buy their ‘pecan pieces’ which cost less/ per pound than whole pecans. There’s absolutely no reason to spend more money on whole nuts; you’re going to chop them up anyway….

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{Video} Artisan Sourdough Made Simple is Here!

Artisan Sourdough Made Simple | theclevercarrot.com

It’s here! It’s here!

Artisan Sourdough Made Simple is NOW available in stores!

If you’ve been following along, you already know about my new beginner’s guide (see this post). Please indulge me with a few final thoughts on publication day!

If you’re curious about sourdough but feel completely overwhelmed, I always tell people this: just treat sourdough like you would any other recipe. Follow the directions and DON’T OVERTHINK IT. Anchor yourself to the process, remember to have fun, and then imagine yourself cutting into the most scrumptious, crusty loaf that will rival any bakery-style boule. That’s the secret!

Got all that?

Now, let’s celebrate with a video!…

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