How to Make a Bagel

This just in from the UK. We get breaking news from the UK around these parts. Breaking news via text, from bestie best friends that have been around these parts forever. Only, not technically these parts, because girlfriend gone went and moved to England and got all hoity toity on us Yanks.

So here I am, at noon in the afternoon, minding my own American business, when my main girrrrl Mayzie buzzes a text to my phone…

Did you know that I don’t make any of your recipes?
Wanna know why?
BECAUSE YOU USE CRAZY INGREDIENTS LIKE TRUFFLE OIL.
I’m picky.
Dedicate an entire post to picky eaters, will ya?!

P.S. I still love you!

Well, duh. When a favorite person in the world asks for something, you head to the kitch and get cooking.

So, Mayzie. This post is for you.

Today we’re making bagels. With cream cheese. This is a bold flavor combination, but I urge you to stay with me here.

Slice the bagel. In half. With a knife.

Of equal import: Pay no heed to the poorly manicured fingernails in the photo above. Or below.

Toast the bagel. In a toaster.

Spread cream cheese on the bagel. With a knife.

(How are we doing here, Picky Eater? ;)

Place the bagel on a plate. Eat it.

WAIIIIT A SECONDDDD!!!

You didn’t think we’d actually keep it that simple, did you???

No way! We gotta do bagels right, lady! So, I pulled together a batch of brulee’ed Dole Bananas because they’re kind of my obsession lately.

To make them, you need butter.

And maple syrup. Brown sugar. A bit of rum. Make that a bit of COCONUT rum.

Picky Eaters: avert thy eyes. This is getting dramatic all up in here.

Non picky eaters who love bananas (pronounced in the proper English way ba-non-a’s), you’re just gonna simmer them all up in there until they are golden brown and sappy.

Then pop them on top of those prepped and plumpy bagels. Sprinkle with cinnamon streusel.

And once that all is done, there’s only one thing to do.

Call a friend. Invite her to bagels and tea.

Unless she’s in the UK. Then you just write an ever-lovin’ blog post and tell her how much you miss her picky eating arse.

‘Cause you really, really do.

XO, Mayz.

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Brulee'd Banana Bagels

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Buttery rum, maple, and brown sugar bagels are served on top of a toasted blueberry bagel, topped with streusel, and offered for you eating pleasure. A perfectly delicious afternoon snack.

Ingredients:

2 blueberry bagels, toasted
8 tablespoons cream cheese
2 bananas (not overly ripe), halved then cut into 2" pieces
6 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut rum
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Toast bagels, top with cream cheese, set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in the pan. Whisk in 1/4 cup brown sugar, maple syrup, and coconut rum. Cook until bubbling, then quickly add bananas. Cook on both sides of the bananas until golden brown. Transfer slices to the top of each bagel.

In a small bowl, use a fork to combine 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon until crumbly. Sprinkle over bananas.

Serve bagels immediately as a breakfast, snack, or super-cool lunch.

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6 Responses to “How to Make a Bagel”

  1. 1

    Mayzie on December 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm Reply

    I love you! This was just what I needed today. And, a bagel?! Perfect choice for this Brooklynite. I’m cry-laughing over here!

  2. 2

    Ellie brown. Cliffs mum on December 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm Reply

    Maybe Mayzie will ask her mother in law round for tea

  3. 3

    Karly on December 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm Reply

    AW! This was adorable. :)

  4. 4

    Jennifer on December 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply

    Loved this! Well done!

  5. 5

    Skye on December 13, 2012 at 8:53 am Reply

    I thought this was going to be a recipe for homemade bagels and at first I was disappointed when it wasn’t. But then the bruleed bananas appeared and OMG!!! I want to pretend I’m sick and leave work to go make them immediately!

  6. 6

    anna on December 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm Reply

    you totally, totally surprised me with this one! call me naive but i really thought it was just going to be a bagel with cream cheese and then BAM bruleed bananas. mouth watering, brain entertained. well done :)

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