So here's my current iteration of the best bagel recipe in the world. It's good stuff.
Mike's Super-Fantastic Mega-Bagels
* 2 cups warm water (472 grams), about 110 degrees F
* 2 packets active dry yeast (or 14 grams total)
* 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (42 grams), plus 1 tablespoon(14 grams)
* 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour (~130 grams per cup = 650-780 grams total)
* 2 teaspoons salt (12 grams)
* 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (just wing it, here..)
Optional, yet mandatory, Toppings:
* 1/2 cup lightly toasted chopped onions (2 teaspoons each)
* 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (about 1/2 teaspoon each)
* 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (about 1/2 teaspoon each)
* 1 tablespoon kosher salt (about 1/4 teaspoon each)
Combine the water, yeast, and 3 tablespoons (42 grams) of the sugar in the bowl of an upright mixer fitted with a dough hook. Stir and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Gradually add 4 cups (520 grams) of the flour and the salt, and mix until the mixture comes together.
Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups )130 to 195 grams) additional flour 1/2 cup at a time to make a stiff dough, either stirring with the wooden spoon or working with your hands. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, about 5 minutes, adding just as much flour as needed. (Dough should be heavier and stiffer than regular yeast bread dough.)
Grease a large bowl with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
Remove from the bowl and punch down the dough. Divide into 8 equal pieces, about 4 to 5 ounces each, measuring about 4 inches across. Roll each piece into a 4 to 6-inch log. Join the ends and place fingers through the hole and roll the ends together. Repeat with the remaining dough. Place on a lightly greased surface, cover with a clean cloth, and let rest until risen but not doubled in a draft-free spot, 20 to 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease a baking sheet with the remaining teaspoon of oil.
In a large, heavy pot, bring 12 cups of water and the remaining tablespoon of sugar to a boil. A couple at a time, add the bagels to the water and boil, turning, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Flip bagels onto the prepared sheet pan. Add whatever toppings you have there at this time. The stuff should stick to the bagels now, cause they're sorta sticky from being boiled. Then, bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until they look fantastic.
Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.