We didn't discover we needed a baking mat or a food processor until we opened this kit and visited the website. Since we have a small-ish kitchen, we had neither (we used a handy blender stick for things like food processing pesto). We actually ordered a four cup food processor just for this recipe for nearly 100 dollars only to discover you need a much larger one. I also don't love that the recipe is exclusively online, forcing you to use a screen while baking, so it would be nice if instructions were printed as well. Packaging is appealing and directions are easy to understand.
So, the process was not entirely-stress free. We could only find ultra-pasteurized heavy cream! Were we rolling the bagels right? But you can't argue with results. Sitting down to eat a meal of bagels with a schmear that you made from scratch is amazing. Next time, it'll be easier.
This was a great Valentine's Day gift for my partner! We always go get bagels on the weekend, so we had a blast making our own. We even decided to make the whole batch at once and had our neighbors over to help while drinking mimosas. Made for a fun morning :)
Dan the Man
Im originally from NY & was very surprised how authentic these bagels & cream cheese turned out! My loving husband made these for me for Valentines Day. He said it was a bunch of work but the smile on my face and hot bagels in the morning made it worth it!
I bought this as a gift to make with my dad, as he loves bagels. The cream cheese came out softer than expected, but tasted very good. The bagels turned out a little small. The instructions say to mix the dough in a food processor, but there is no way all the ingredients would fit, so we used a stand mixer instead.
I am happy with this gift as my daughter travels a great deal and it helps her to relax in her apt and prepare her own bagels - it gives her time to do somethings while she is relaxing and winding down from busy days.
Harpers Ferry, WV