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Bagels
Makes 8 to 10 bagels Time 3 to 4 hours, largely unattended These are real bagels—bagels with chewy insides and respectable crusts—not the puffy kind sold so often nowadays. Cooking a bagel is a two-step process: First you boil, then you bake. Other than that, they are as simple as any other bread.