Asiago Cheese Bagels

by simplylife on March 5, 2012

I was 16.  It was the summer between my junior and senior year of high school.

I sat at the airport feeling both nervous and excited.  Was I at the right gate?  Would I miss my flight if I went to the bathroom again?  Would I know where to go once the plane landed?

This would be the first time I flew on a plane alone.  The first time I would spend an entire summer in an entirely new place, not knowing a single soul.

I remember feeling like an adult on the plane as I took out my book, bulky CD player and headphones, and whatever else I managed to overpack in my bulging carry-on.

Once I arrived at my destination I walked around the airport, hoping I was in the right place.  Soon enough, I was boarding a giant van with several other jet-lagged and smiling faces.

I spent that summer volunteering at a camp, where I woke-up early and went to bed late.  The days were filled with cleaning cabins, washing sheets and scrubbing toilets.  It was so. much. fun.

I arrived not knowing anyone and left hypnotized by southern hospitality and sure that I would remain friends forever with the other ladies I had befriended over sweaty brows and my first taste of grits.

Unfortunately, I don’t even remember a single one of their names today.

Even though the outcome of that summer isn’t what I expected at the time, it still changed me.  It planted a seed for adventure, exploring new places and getting comfortable in my own skin.

While I’m no longer intimidated to fly on a plane alone or travel somewhere new, there are still some things that intimidate me.  One of them is was bagels.  And just like I learned over 10 years ago, it’s always good to face your fears.

These bagels are warm, soft and fluffy and taste so much better than anything store-bought.  The Asiago Cheese adds the perfect flavor and I highly recommend spreading a layer of cream cheese or butter before serving.

I’m not going to post the recipe because for about the first time (ever?!) I followed it pretty much exactly (I did cut it in half; it made 6 bagels).  The recipe is from How Sweet It Is; you need to go there for this recipe and so many others.

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  • http://keepitsweetblog.com/ Lauren at Keep it Sweet

    Gorgeous photos! I want one of those bagels:-)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thanks! :)

  • http://mondaynightgolfandsurfvacations.blogspot.com/ Juliearts

    Loved the story! I spent a summer when I was 15 on a volunteer trip down in Central America and I also can’t remember 1/2 the names of the people that I spent 24hours a day with for a whole summer. They were my life at the time! It also gave me my sense of adventure!

    I used to be totally intimidated by triathlons and now swim, bike and run regularly…sometimes all in a row :D

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      wow! that’s so inspiring! I’m still intimidated by triatholons- I’m not a very good swimmer, but I would love to do one someday!

  • http://gowiththedough.wordpress.com/ Hillary

    Bagels are at the top of my list of “need to try, but am still super intimidated by” foods to make! This might have given me a push in the right direction.

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    Wow. Great story and delicious looking bagels!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com/ Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    These bagels look great!!

  • Belinda

    What a great memory – the first plane trip! These bagels are AMAZING! I am so dang impressed!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    Bagels still intimidate me! And any bread with yeast. I also thought beef bourgignon was intimidating but I conquered that fear and made it in January!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You can definitely make bread with yeast! I promise!

  • Anonymous

    They look amazing. There is nothing like a really good bagel. Have a child & raise a child are my answer to those questions :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yup, that’s on my list too :) Seems like you’re handing that one quite well though! :)

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I was a little bit intimidated to travel on my own, yet I did this when I went to San Fransisco last year. It was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to do it again :-) Other things that intimidate me – moving to a new city (not really intimidating, but I wouldn’t want to leave my friends and family, and I suppose finding new friends would be intimidating), starting a new job, making pie crust – lol, ummmm, a few other things that I can’t think of.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      I love that you went to SF- I remember your posts- sounds like it was an amazing trip!

  • http://www.teczcape.blogspot.com/ Tigerfish

    Good question. Baking intimidates me, past, present and probably in the future.

  • http://www.liveliferightnow.com/ Sarah

    To be honest, meeting new people used to really intimidate me. But after a while I realised that most people are more than happy to talk to you, and I don’t worry so much anymore. This bagel recipe kinda intimidates me though! Maybe I’ll have to face my fears – I’m heading over to check it out now!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! You should face your fears and try it! I was intimidated by making it at first too but realized it’s definitely do-able!

  • http://www.changeofpaceforme.com/ Kristen@Change of Pace

    I love bagels and cream cheese. One of my biggest weaknesses! Making them scares me… Kind of like tofu. I’ve never cooked with tofu before.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh you should definitely cook with tofu! I always buy the “extra firm” kind and it’s really easy – just chop and saute (or bake)!

  • Bhavanamttl

    Bagels look simply inviting. With all the cream and cheese it has turned out superbly.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

  • http://twitter.com/FoodieAsmita Asmita

    Those bagels look amazing! Would love that now, something to snack on as a night time snack. Yummy!!!

  • http://www.bakingserendipity.com/ Baking Serendipity

    Oh! I love these! Bagels are one of those things I think are intimidating too, but you’ve definitely inspired me :) Love your asiago version!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! You should definitely give them a try- I’m POSITIVE you’d make delicious ones!!!

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    How do you find the time to do this?! Wow. I totally want one of these bagels for breakfast tomorrow morning. Do you deliver?!?? :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Haha, I wake-up way too early on the weekends :)

  • Anonymous

    I seriously want to try making bagels, and asiago cheese bagels are some of my favorites! These look ridiculously good!

  • http://merigoesround.com/ meri

    I’ve never made bagels but I believe you that they are better than the store!

  • http://www.sixteenbeans.com kyleen

    Hey, we have so much in common! I’m seventeen and almost done my junior year of high school and I’m going away somewhere for three weeks for a summer program. I hope the experience will convince me that croissants aren’t the scariest thing to make in the kitchen. Looks like your bagels turned out splendidly!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Where will you be going this summer? Sounds exciting! I have a feeling it will convince you to make those croissants..even if it’s 10 years later :)

  • Fitontherocks

    Running used to intimidate me, but I’ve blasted past that. Baking, however, still intimidates me :P

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    I got excited just reading your story :) I remember those dizzy rushes of excitement on doing things alone for the first time – travel was a big one – and it’s such a magical thing.

  • http://eatrunwrite.com/ Erin

    Thanks for linking to the original recipe- so many bloggers are quick to take credit for other’s recipes these days!

    On a completely different note….what do you think about attempting a vegan cheese? I feel like if anyone could do it gracefully, you could!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You are too kind- hmm…I never thought about that! I’m not sure I’ve even had vegan cheese to know what it “should” taste like but I’m always up for a challenge! Thanks for the idea!

  • http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne

    The first time I flew alone I was MUCH older than 16…and I was still petrified. And I was only flying from Boston to NYC. Sigh. I’m a very anxious person.

    bagels also make me anxious, even though I’ve made them before! I bookmarked these when i saw them on How Sweet…yours look amazing!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You should definitely go for this recipe- it’s definitely a winner :)

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    I remember the first time I flew in a plane alone, and I was TERRIFIED! I ended up learning a lot about myself on that trip :) It was a good thing!
    This recipe sounds great! Much better than store-bought…right? They are always so giant and and the asiago gets lost in the HUGE amount of dough!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    There is NOTHING like a homemade bagel. These look incredible. I have some asiago cheese in the fridge… maybe I should give these a go!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! You should!

  • http://missmagnoliamunches.blogspot.com Rebecca

    What intimidates me is making any kind of bread! You always make it looks so easy.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You should definitely try it! I was intimidated at first then started to REALLY enjoy the process! :)

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I have to check out these delicious bagel recipe! I already finished breakfast but I feel like I can eat another homemade bagel!! =) I also remember first time I came to the States alone, and I was 20. Your story brought back my memory. :-)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      So fun! Where do you visit in the states?

  • Juliana

    Wow, these bagels look great…and with Asiago cheese? YUM! I still have to try to make bagels…
    Hope you are having a fabulous week :)

  • http://glidingcalm.wordpress.com/ gliding calm

    gorgeous! i think we learn so much from facing our fears, even though, sometimes, it can seem like the biggest mountain to climb!

    Such a cute post! !:D

  • http://bakeforhappykids.blogspot.com.au/ Zoe

    Nothing beat homemade! These bagel look superb! I’ve tried cooking with Asiago cheese before and would love to try cooking this cheese too.

  • http://betivanilla.blogspot.com/ beti

    I’ve never flew alone you really are brave, I can only say that home made bread really is the best and combining bread with a great cheese is way better, these bagels look lovely

  • http://hotlyspiced.com/ Hotly Spiced

    What a great adventure for a 16 year old. And I’m super impressed with your bagels. I have never made bagels and have always been fearful of them. Yours have turned out so well!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thanks! They weren’t as scary as I thought they would be- you should definitely try them!

  • Mom

    I have never seen such amazing looking dough!!! You have a gift ! The outcome of these bagels is simply devine. Speaking of intimidation, every bagel shop I know of would be leary of you; THESE LOOK AMAZING!!! WOWEEE

  • http://jojoshouse.com/ JoJo

    Having a baby was probably the most intimidating thing I have done.. The responsibility of another life on my shoulder (or should I say in my stomach:) ) just terrified me, and it still does. But it’s the greatest decision I’ve made in my life!
    The bagels look wonderful… I love that the shapes are all different, just like it was when I made it last time :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes, that would intimidate me too- looks like you’re doing a great job! :)

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I need to try making bagels — this is a great and simple recipe, thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.4seasonsoffood.com/ Ranjani

    Making bagels is one of my goals, but I still haven’t done it. Wish I could have tasted yours!

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