Lightly drain the extra moisture from the tofu, and set it aside.
Mound the bread flour in a bowl, and create a crater in the center. Place the sugar and yeast into the crater. Place the salt at the base of the mound.
Microwave the tofu for about 1 minute and crumble it into the crater, and mix it with the yeast, sugar and flour. Now mix all the ingredients in the bowl together.
Keep mixing until the dough pulls away from the bowl and no longer sticks to your hands. This will take about 10 minutes. Form the dough into a ball, and cover it with a wet tea towel. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200℃. Heat some water in a large pot (I use a large frying pan). When the water comes to a boil, add in the honey.
Divide the dough into equal parts, and form them into the bagel shape.
Roll out a piece of dough into an ellipse, and fold into thirds lengthwise, first folding in one side, and then the other side over that.
Now connect the ends so the dough makes a ring, making sure to thoroughly seal the seams together.
Turn down the heat under the pot in Step 5 down so that the temperature of the water is just below boiling. The water should be still. Immerse the bagel in the water for 30 seconds (There is no need to turn the bagel over).
Immediately put the bagel in the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes.
The recipe will yield about 3 bagels of this size.
When we used some Kitanokaori brand flour we were given, the bagels turned out very yellow. They didn't rise very much, but they were very soft.
The last tofu bagel I made in 2009 had a heart shaped hole.
Story Behind this Recipe
I love my mother's bagels. I was taught to make these during a little visit. Please feel free to add any of your favorite flavourings.
If the dough is too sticky in Step 4, there is not enough flour in the dough. Try adding your favorite flavorings to the dough. I think cinnamon, sesame, basil, or kuromame (black soy beans) are delicious. If you can't eat them hot out of the oven, wrap them in aluminum foil and heat them in an oven-toaster. For the finishing touch, draw back the foil and toast the top until it turns a lovely golden brown colour.