What's the best recipe for homemade asiago bagels?
October 20, 2011 9:50 AM Subscribe
Help me find the BEST EVER peanut-free homemade asiago cheese bagel recipe. The closer to that famous chain's bagels, the better.
posted by BlueJae to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My seven-year-old has been absolutely over the moon since age two or so for the Asiago Cheese Bagels from St. Louis Bread Company (Panera to all those people outside of STL whom marketers determined would not believe St. Louisans can make sourdough).
Trouble for him is, at age five, my kid very suddenly developed an allergy to peanuts. I thought at first that spelled a total end of bakery bagels for him. But, when my kid's allergy turned out to be moderate (as peanut allergies go), after much investigation with the restaurant staff, and a conversation with the allergist, I felt guardedly comfortable letting him have his favorite bagel now and again from a particular local BreadCo where the manager and staff knew us as regulars, knew about the allergy and were very sympathetic and careful.
At the time, none of the bagel flavors at my local version of Panera / BreadCo contained peanut products in the ingredient list, (though they did of course serve peanut butter etc. in the restaurant).
But recently Panera brought back their old PB & J flavored bagel. Curses! Shared equipment, shared ovens, shared bakery bins. Now I feel the cross contamination risk is just too high.
When I told my son his cheese-filled sourdough friend had been moved to the DO NO EAT list indefinitely, he sighed dolefully in the seriously tragic way only a small child who is constantly being denied access to baked goods he used to love can, and said, "At least I can still taste them in my dreams."
And then, as mothers sometimes do when faced with an utterly dejected child, I made a rash promise: "I will make you asiago bagels at home! I will make ones that taste just like the ones at the restaurant!"
Right! Cuz I, um, totally know how to do that. Sure.
Hive mind, please help me keep my promise. I need your best recipes for Paneraish homemade asiago bagels. I am a decent baker, so advanced recipes are fine.