You may also recall that I mentioned we made bagels this one time - well, she made bagels. I watched and took pictures and made a video, because food blogger friends take pictures of food blogger friends (it's how we roll).
Anyways, back to more important things: bagels. Specifically, black sesame seed bagels and chocolate chip bagels. Even more specifically, bagels with roasted garlic parsley butter and honey butter.
Thing is, however, I can't tell you how to make bagels. (I was more concerned with eating them than being helpful.) But Anna can, so if you're craving some bagels in your life, head on over to her blog Cupcakes Always Win for the recipe!
In the meantime, I can offer you pictures and recipes for delicious spreads (to be smeared on bagels, toast, or other appropriate surfaces).
Roasted Garlic Parsley Butter
Yes, 4 heads of garlic. Trust me. This simple little mixture has the power to change humble things like bagels and toast into things of exquisite deliciousness. You can even stir in a spoonful (or two) into freshly cooked rice or quinoa for a fantastic side dish.
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
4 Heads of Garlic
2 - 3 tbsp Minced Fresh Parsley
Salt, to taste
Pairs fantastically with Anna's Black Sesame Seed Bagels
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Leave your butter out to soften
2. Slice off the tops of each head of garlic, then wrap them up in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.
3. Roast in the oven for 45 - 60 minutes, until the cloves are softened and slightly shrunken in appearance. They will also smell incredibly delicious, filling your kitchen with a rich but mellowed garlicky aroma.
4. Remove from the oven. Carefully unwrap the aluminum foil and let the garlic cool for about 5 - 10 minutes.
5. When the garlic is cool enough that you can easily handle it, remove the skins. You can squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins, as the roasting process will have shrunk them quite a bit, making the peeling process that much quicker. Place the roasted garlic cloves and the butter in a bowl, and use a fork to mash them together.
6. Mince the parsley and stir into the garlic butter. Mix in a pinch of salt. Taste, and add more salt and parsley if necessary, until it suits your taste. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to at least 1 week.
This spread is ridiculously simple but ridiculously good. Feel free to switch up the amounts to suit your own tastes. Add more honey, throw in a dash of cinnamon - have fun with it! It goes well with bagels, toast, biscuits, muffins, you name it! You could even stir it into oatmeal for an extra decadent breakfast.
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
2 tbsp Honey
Pinch of Salt
Tastes heavenly with Anna's Chocolate Chip Bagels
1. Mix together softened butter, honey, and salt until well combined. Note: If the honey you're using is solid, you'll want to soften it in the microwave or on the stovetop. Feel free to adjust the ratio of honey to butter to suit your tastes.
2. Use immediately or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.