On our trip back from Idaho we stopped at a small bagel place in Wilson, WY called Pearl Street Bagels. The bagels were chewy and filling and pretty darn perfect and the cream cheese was divine. The veggie cream cheese is full of carrots, celery, onions...the best veggie cream cheese I have ever had. I ordered the Mexican cream cheese for Andy and after only one bite he had to run back into Pearl Street and order a second. The Mexican cream cheese was spicy with bits of tomato and jalapeño. I dreamed of bagels the whole way home from Wilson, Wy. I just knew I had to try and make them.
I found this amazing recipe and quickly made three batches of these with in two days. These bagels are a scinch to make and they taste amazing. I actually don't think I will ever have to purchase bagels ever again. They are so simple that I was able to make a batch before taking Blake to the bus stop one morning. If you have never attempted baking bread or working with yeast please take an afternoon and try it. Yeast isn't as difficult as you would think it is and the results of a fresh loaf of handmade bread is so rewarding.