A friend and fellow Peace Corps volunteer shared that her family’s Christmas tradition includes eating bagels on Christmas morning. Her family was coming to visit and she wanted to continue the tradition so she was making bagels for them. Brilliant. Jen and I decided to adopt the idea for our Christmas 2012. We used the recipe she recommended from seriouseats.com. The bagels were boiled for one minute before we added the sesame seeds and baked them in the Dutch oven. The added step of boiling them made the recipe only slightly more time consuming than making any other bread from scratch. And, they were really good. Not quite Absolute Bagels, but worth the effort nonetheless.