Christmas spice and olive oil bagels


Translating this one from what we actually call it home was a doozy. We call them “kolači na ulju” which would quite literally translate to cakes on oil. That does not make much sense or sound appetizing at all. So I figured they are a shape of a bagel and I’ll go with that, even though they are not technically a bagel, you don’t boil them at all. We make them mostly for Christmas and they are filled with spices and olive oil so here we are, Christmas spice and olive oil bagels.

The flavor of these is amazing, they have cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves inside and olive oil gives it a beautiful aroma. It is a very dense bagel but with a drink (I do recommend hot chocolate but coffee or tea will do) they are just perfect.



Spice Bagels
7 cups of all purpose flour (1kg)
1 1/2 cups Sugar (melted in 1 1/3 cups of warm water) (260g sugar, melted  in 3 dcl of warm water)
1 tbsp salt
peel of two oranges
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
little shy on 1 tsp of nutmeg
1 cup of olive oil (2.5 dcl)
1 1/2 tsp of active dry yeast
Put the flour, orange peel, salt and spices in the mixing bowl with your bread kneading attachment and add the olive oil. Slowly start mixing and adding sugar with water, add yeast last.
You are looking for the dough consistency similar to the one you make for bread. If it’s too firm add a bit more water. Knead it together in mixer for a few minutes then transfer into a bowl and set into warm place to proof for minimum of 3 hours. I like to let it for 4 or even 5 hours but for sure until you see it grew nicely. (It will probably not double though, it is a heavy dough).
Transfer the dough onto lightly floured surface and divide into 14-16 pieces. You will roll each into a thick snake and make a bagel shape.
Put them on baking paper and on to the baking sheet, cover them with a towel and let them rise again for about two hours.
I know, these guys are a marathon…


Bake the bagels on 350 for 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven and brush them with egg-wash. Return to the oven and bake until nice and golden brown, another 10-15 minutes. You are looking for a nice deep golden brown color in a done bagel. They are yummy when still warm, but I like them best the next and in the following days. They are best kept in a zip lock bag for up to 10 days.
This is a dipping bagel. We eat it with coffee, tea, or my favorite is hot cocoa for breakfast or night time snack. It is pretty firm  so it pairs well with a drink and the flavors are just amazing. It reminds me of holidays and home, but sometimes we ‘cheat’ during the year and make them because they are just that good!



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