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Learn how to make bagels

Updated 11:48 AM ET, Fri March 8, 2013
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Once the dough has risen, it's time to roll out the bagels. Start by dividing the dough into 3-ounce portions. Then, roll each piece of dough on a floured work surface into an 8-inch-long rope. Sarah LeTrent/CNN
Wrap the rope around three fingers to form a circle and create a hole about 2 inches wide. Sarah LeTrent/CNN
Press to join the ends so the bagel retains its signature shape. Sarah LeTrent/CNN
Press where the two ends were connected onto the work surface, rolling it back and forth a few times to ensure a proper seal. Sarah LeTrent/CNN
Place the bagels on a parchment-lined baking sheet or wooden board. Cover the shaped bagels with a clean, damp towel so that they don't dry out while you roll out the rest of the dough. If using a wooden proofing board, dust it with cornmeal. Sarah LeTrent/CNN
Boiling bagels prior to baking helps achieve a dense, chewy texture. Sarah LeTrent/CNN
After boiling, the bagels are baked in a 400 degrees oven on one side for 5-10 minutes. Flip the bagels and cook for another 20-25 minutes until the bagels are a golden brown. Sarah LeTrent/CNN
After cooling, the finished product is ready for lox and a schmear. (Or bacon, egg and cheese depending on your state of mind.) Sarah LeTrent/CNN