How to make Rainbow Bagels

2 cups warm water
1 packet (approx 2 tsp) active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
6 cups all-purpose flour (may need up to a cup extra)
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp canola oil, plus more for greasing the bowl
Red, yellow, green & blue food coloring

  1. Mix warm water and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer, or just a large bowl if you do not have a stand mixer.
  2. Add yeast to the sugar water and let stand until it bubbles and foams (about 10 minutes)
  3. Then add flour, oil, salt to the water.
  4. Mix on low with a dough hook for 5 minutes (if not using a stand mixer, mix with a wooden spoon until too thick to mix).
  5. After about 5 minutes, remove dough from bowl and knead by hand for another 5 minutes until you have a smooth (not at all sticky) dough. If dough is still sticky sprinkle with flour and knead until no longer sticky.
  6. Place the dough in a large bowl greased with oil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 60 minutes until doubled in size.
  7. After dough has risen, punch it down and then divide it into 6 portions
  8. Dye each portion with food coloring (use yellow and red to make orange and blue and red to make purple).
  9. This is a tedious and time consuming process, you will have to knead each piece for 10-15 minutes to get a uniform color. Keep at it though, the results are beautiful!
  10. Keep dough you aren’t using covered so it doesn’t dry out.
  11. The roll out each ball into a small rectangle and stack in rainbow order
  12. Twist the stack together to make a rainbow log.
  13. Divide the rainbow log into 8 colorful balls.
  14. Make a hole in the center of each ball and stretch to make the bagel hole (I like to swing my bagels around my finger to make the hole bigger)
  15. Set bagels aside and let rise for 10 minutes, covered.
  16. While bagels are rising, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  17. Once bagels have risen, drop 3-4 at a time into the boiling water.
  18. Boil for 30 seconds on each side.
  19. Let bagels dry on a cooling rack.
  20. After they have boiled, bake them for 15 minutes on a parchment paper lined cooking sheet.

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