In January I attended an incredible sourdough bread making course in Hackney at E5 Bakehouse. It was such an interesting day learning all about sourdough and how to make 4 different kinds of bread with one starter. If you’re interested in bread at all I highly recommend it – you get to take everything you make home as well along with your own starter!
Since then I’ve been making my own bread on a weekly basis (almost), although so far I’ve mainly been making bagels. They’re definitely the easiest to make, take the least time, and are so fun and versatile!
I always have my bagels toasted as I don’t think it’s right not to haha! I’ll hopefully be sharing an actual bagel recipe with you soon, but in the meantime here are some fun ideas for bagel fillings that I’ve been enjoying recently:
1. Classic Avocado
You can’t go wrong with this! Just mash the avocado with some salt and pepper, possibly some lemon juice or chilli if you like, and finish off with some rocket, or some freeze dried strawberries if you’re feeling adventurous.
2. Epic Hummus, Beetroot, Greens, and Avocado combo
Does what it says on the tin: hummus and greens on one half, smashed avocado and chopped up beetroot on the other half, and smash it together (gently of course)! This is incredibly delicious but also incredibly messy, so I wouldn’t recommend eating it in public!
3. “Cream Cheese” and Beetroot
A cream cheese bagel is a classic, but if you don’t eat dairy then a really simple way to get a similar effect is to mix some plain unsweetened soy yoghurt with some salt and nutritional yeast, and spread that onto your bagel. I like to finish this off with some beetroot or pine nuts, but it’s up to you!
4. The Beany Protein One
Cook some white beans in a pan (butter beans, cannelini beans, or even chickpeas work well) with a little water, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, plus nutritional yeast (optional), then when there’s just a little water left smash it up roughly with a fork. This tastes really delicious with some rocket on top and a drizzle of olive oil, plus it’s a great post-workout or just generally high protein option.
5. The Sweet Bagel
For when you have a sweet tooth, nothing can beat either chocolate hazelnut spread, or the classic nut butter and banana combo. I am a massive chocolate lover, so having chocolate for breakfast is a regular occurrence, and topped with frozen raspberry pieces or mixed seeds adds an extra crunch.