I'm wondering if the baking temperature is affected if I proof my bagels overnight in a cooler. I'm not boiling them. Then baking them the next day? Can I still bake them at 230 c (440F) ?
Baking temperature for overnight proofed bagels
Retarded fermentation should have no significant effect on cooking time or temperature.
But (he asked), why are you not boiling them?
That is my question as well, I was under the impression that boiling was an essential part of the Bagel making process, am I mistaken?
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Pete, have you ever seen a "bagel" with that sort of dull-brown matte-finish and softish crust? That's what happens when you skip the boiling step. For that shiny, hard crust bagels are known for boiling is essential.
The controversial topic isn't whether they should be boiled. The issue, among home bagel bakers, is whether to use plain water, or to add things like baking soda or even lye.
Although I use lye for pretzels, I never have for bagels, as I've never seen a reference to the dilution rate. I've tried it with and without baking soda, and haven't noticed any particular differences. Time in the bath seems to be the main criteria.
Boiling bagels is the ideal way, but our restaurant kitchen is too small for a kettle. We sell a couple of hundred bagels a day and use a bagel (rack) oven with steam. I have never been quite sure how much steam to inject and I know it's not the same as a boiled bagel.