Enlist some self control on the front end by making a single serving batch of these pumpkin bagel bites coated in cinnamon-sugar, dipped in sweet cream cheese.
Although I love leftovers for lunch the next day, after living on my own for a long time I started craving recipes that serve just one because sometimes that giant vat of soup loses its appeal after the 5th day. This search resulted in the creation of Single Serving Sundays which documents my adventure through cooking for one. Whether you live alone or not, single serving recipes come in handy. To prove it, this week for Single Serving Sunday I invited some friends along in a link up of recipes for one.
I know I just spent the week before last bombarding you with pumpkin recipes but ’tis the season, right? And you really don’t want to miss out on this single serving recipe. If you thought you couldn’t make a small batch of bagel bites in about 30 minutes, well now you can. The best part is that they don’t require a lot of rise time. They perfectly rise on your stove top while the oven gets busy pre-heating. The only downside is that you may want more than one serving, but then again maybe it’s a good thing to force self control. How else would you be able to resist eating a giant bowl of pumpkin bagel bites coated in cinnamon-sugar and dipped in sweet cream cheese?
Stock up on some more single serving recipes:
- Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Bagel Bites for One by Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
- Single Lady Banana Split by Katrina of Warm Vanilla Sugar
- Solo Fall Sweet Potato Hash by Sharana of Living The Sweet Life
- Single Serving Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie by Emily of Life on Food
One year ago: Sea Salt Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups
CINNAMON-SUGAR PUMPKIN BAGEL BITES FOR ONE
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
2-3 Tbsp warm water
1/2 cup hot water
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon-sugar
1 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 Tbsp heavy cream
- In a small bowl, sift together the first four ingredients. Stir in pumpkin and 1 tablespoon of warm water first. If the dough is dry, then add a little more water and mix again.
- Pour out onto a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle with flour. Knead gently until the dough comes together into a slightly sticky ball. Roll out into a 3/4-inch wide rope and cut into 3/4-inch pieces.
- In a shallow dish, combine the hot water and baking soda. Dip the pieces into the mixture and flip to coat completely. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
- Leave in a nice warm place to rise while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees, for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl blend together the dipping sauce. Set aside.
- Once oven is preheated and dough has risen, bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with dipping sauce.
Source: Adapted from my Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel for One.
Bagel quiche AKA the portable quiche. Bake a quiche for one in the shell of your favorite flavor bagel. Add beaten eggs and your favorite fillings.
Are you ready for a hand-held quiche? An on-the-go quiche? You didn’t think that was possible did you? Well grab a bagel and tear its guts out because its time to eat breakfast.
Although this recipe does take 20-30 minutes to bake, it is a fun thing to try on the weekend and would be a perfect grab and go breakfast option if made in advance and reheated. After digging out the insides (similar to a bread bowl), fill with beaten eggs and your favorite additions. Bake and enjoy!
Don’t want to go to the store for one bagel? Try my bagel for one recipe.
One year ago: Easy Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Fudge
Two years ago: Guacamole Seasoning
When I first got to try Melt, I fell in love with how fantastic it worked in my favorite chocolate chip cookie. Who knew a butter substitute could taste so good? After that it because my go-to butter substitute and I even participated in a challenge where I used it for all my butter needs for a week. Never heard of Melt? It is a healthy butter substitute made with “good” fats like coconut butter and virgin coconut oil. It even comes in honey and chocolate flavors! Unfortunately, I was unable to find those fun flavors in stores near me, but I gladly snagged some more of the regular.
After so much success using Melt as a substitute in baking and cooking in the past I decided to post about it as a condiment on a nice, warm, toasty cinnamon-raisin bagel. And since it is Single Serving Sunday, it’s a recipe for just ONE bagel! Because if you are like me, you sometimes don’t need an entire batch of bagels, or don’t have room for them all in your freezer to save for later. So I whipped up this one bagel and immediately scarfed it down with some Melt spread on top.
This month Kitchen Challenge, organized by Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil, tackled the yeasty creation of bagels! This challenge wasn’t too daunting for me because I have made a few different kinds of bagels in the past, but I was excited to try out something new.
After my happy experience with Greek yogurt in pizza dough I thought to myself, why stop there? So I made Greek yogurt bagels complete with an everything bagel topping. Just like the pizza dough I was incredibly pleased with the outcome. They were the perfect texture, not dried out, and of course who can argue with an everything topping? I enjoyed eating them for breakfast smeared with peanut butter, for lunch as the bread of a sandwich and even made a pizza bagel for myself one night for dinner. Oh the versatility of bagels!
What should I add Greek yogurt to next? Pita bread? English muffins!?
In other news, 10 weeks from today I will be defending my dissertation and hopefully get to stamp “PhD” after my name! I am totally freaked out and nervous but excited at the same time. Now all I gotta do is wrap up lab work, finish at 100ish page novel on my research and find a job! Oh and be a bridesmaid in two weddings. I’m warning you, this blog might endure some pretty interesting recipes in the meantime. I’m thinking a long the lines of something related to the petri dish cookies and fat kid food.
For The Secret Recipe Club this month, I had Nicole of I am a Honey Bee. She actually had my blog in February and made my Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken so it was fun to return the favor, especially since I read her blog already and always like what I see. She also does Thirsty Thursdays posts with Amanda of Fake Ginger and I almost made her Red, White, and Blue Sangria, because it would be the perfect Fourth of July drink.
That was until I saw the recipe for these Everything Bagel Bites. I love making homemade bagels but shaping them is sometimes a pain. This recipe avoids that by cutting them into nuggets. However, it also results in a dangerously poppable treat as I downed 6 before I even knew what happened. I was just standing in my kitchen testing them out before photographing and could not stop! Pairing them with a bacon-scallion cream cheese dip just enhances this effect.
As a side note: I have discovered one benefit to the summer heat – letting dough rise outside! Yup, I set the dough for these bagel bites outside to rise, covered and in the shade. I am a genius.
The idea for these bagels spawned from reading a post on A Beautiful Mess, where Emma mentioned that her favorite bagel was from Panera – a peanut butter and banana bagel in fact! I never had the chance to try this gem, as it has been discontinued, but decided to take on this challenge of recreating what I imagine they would have been like. The execution of making these bagels however, poses the problem of adding two wet ingredients to dough, which would just result is needing more flour. But I have made bagels using pumpkin puree in the past and therefore substituted with mashed banana and used PB2’s powdered peanut butter instead.
I had hoped for a very obvious flavor, but the result was more subtle and I may need to try folding in real peanut butter for a swirl or try peanut butter chips. Or maybe my desire for a super peanut buttery-banana-y bagel is unrealistic, and this is as close as it gets. Don’t get me wrong, these were wonderful bagels! I wouldn’t be sharing them on my blog if they were not, just not a “wow that’s an explosion of peanut butter-banana flavor”. That response might be reserved for moister items such as muffins and blondies. To compensate, these were particularly good with a smear of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Peanut butter on top of peanut butter – that’s just how I roll!
Actually, I recently discovered that cake batter flavor exists, and upon searching their website while writing this post found both banana and peanut butter flavorings. I feel like it would be a cop out to use them instead of real banana and peanut butter, but maybe a couple drops would get this bagel flavor up to the next level. What are your thoughts?
Now I KNOW you have leftovers from yesterday. Whether you have some from what you cooked, or from what people who cooked sent you home with to minimize the amount of leftovers they have to eat. Therefore, there is absolutely not reason you shouldn’t take advantage of this lazy Friday and make bagels with that leftover pumpkin puree you never figured out what to make with. Who needs Black Friday shopping? Not me! I’m a Cyber Monday kind of girl.
I’ve always longingly awaited the fall season when it comes to bagels, because that’s when Einstein Bros finally start making their pumpkin bagels and cream cheese schmear (I also really like their pumpkin schmear on a cinnamon-sugar bagel). So I finally decided it was time to make my own pumpkin bagels, since I already attacked the pumpkin cream cheese last fall.
But I couldn’t just make the same cream cheese spread again, I had to try this new one I saw that uses up even more leftovers – cranberry sauce! You mix the cranberry sauce into some cream cheese along with honey, cinnamon, and walnuts. Yea, it’s better than any flavor cream cheese spread I’ve ever encountered. And just like the originator, Jenn of Peas & Crayons, I want to smother it on everything in sight now.
My conference in San Francisco may have been a couple weeks ago now, but I have a story to tell that applies to this post today because it involves blueberry bread. Or at least what I thought was blueberry bread. We were out to eat at a place called The Cosmopolitan (which was delicious by the way) and as was typical of many restaurants, we were given bread prior to our meals arriving. The first slice I tried had little flecks of what looked like pieces of fruit, which I then tried to deduce. Beth and I decided that it must be blueberry after tasting them and I dove in for another piece. That was until the waiter laughed at us saying (to my dismay) that it was not blueberry bread at all, it’s olive. I hate olives. And of course I was then able to taste the olive-y flavor that I numbed from my taste buds while thinking it was blueberry. Curses! I did end up eating more of that bread because it was still good, but suddenly not quite as much after discovering it’s true nature. Stupid olives. At least the waiter admitted that he thought the very same thing when he first started working there.
But these bagels are truly blueberry, I promise. And even though this is only the second batch of bagels I have made at home, I am totally loving homemade bagels. (I’ve made asiago before.) These which I am sharing today were more scrumptious than expected. Obviously I chose to make them thinking they would be good, but didn’t realize how quickly I would devour them. Assured they were in fact blueberry of course ;-).
BLUEBERRY OATMEAL BAGELS
Makes 8 bagels
1 Tbsp instant yeast
2-1/2 cups bread flour
1-1/2 cups oat flour (I used ground up oats)
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1-1/2 cups lukewarm water
3.5 oz. dried blueberries
2 quarts water
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp water
- Combine the first six bagel ingredients in a large bowl, or bowl of your stand mixer, and mix. Knead for about 10 minutes. Add dried blueberries and knead for 5 more minutes. The dough should be stiff and smack the sides of the bowl.
- Remove dough, coat same bowl with cooking spray and replace dough. Roll the dough ball around to coat it in oil. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let the dough sit in a warm place for about 1 hour. The dough should be roughly doubled in size.
- Grease your work surface with cooking spray and turn dough ball out onto the surface. Divide the dough into 8 equals portions (I used my kitchen scale to weigh out equal lumps of dough). Roll each lump into a ball and loosely cover the balls with plastic wrap. Allow the ball to rise for 30 minutes.
- In a wide, shallow pan, combine water with the sugars. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Preheat oven to 425 degrees with racks placed on top and bottom 1/3 of the oven.
- To shape the bagels, poke a hole in the middle of each dough ball. Twirl the dough around the index fingers of your two hands until the hole stretches to about 2 inches. Place the newly formed bagel on a parchment or silpat covered baking sheet. Shape the remaining dough balls.
- Drop the bagels, 3-4 at a time, into the simmering water. Boil the bagels for 2 minutes and flip over to boil for another minute. Remove from the water bath with a skimmer/strainer and let cool for a few minutes on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Whisk together egg and water, brush each bagel with the egg wash and sprinkle with rolled oats.
- Bake the bagels for 20-25 minutes (rotating half-way through), or until your bagels are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack.
Source: Wilde in the Kitchen.