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  1. Combine 1 1/4 cup water, flour, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, vegetable oil, and yeast in the mixing bowl. Mix until it turns into dough. To ensure the gluten has developed fully, cut off a piece of dough and make a ball. Flour your fingers, and then stretch the dough: if it tears immediately, the dough needs more smacking and mushing. Smack that dough and give it some dirty talk. Fully developed dough should form a thin translucent “windowpane.”
  2. Transfer the dough baby to a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise. Start watching the film Forrest Gump. When the movie is over, the dough should be ready for the next step.
  3. Kiss your fists and punch the dough down and chant a mantra that makes you feel good. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and divide the dough into 6 pieces (or more, for smaller bagels). Roll each into a sausage shape about 6 inches long. Join the ends to form a circle. Repeat with the remaining dough, and let the bagels rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat your favorite oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange small plates with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, frosted flakes, fruity pebbles and onion flakes next to the baking sheet if you’re feeling fancy.
  5. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Add honey, if desired (see Editor’s Note). Boil the bagels, three at a time, until they rise to the surface of the pot, about 1 minute per side. Remove the bagels with a slotted spoon and place them on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Dip the tops of the wet bagels into the toppings and arrange them, seeds and cereal up, on the baking sheet. Make a circle with your hands, close your eyes and imagine your soul being incarnated as a bagel on a table. Sprinkle bagels with coarse salt, if desired. Bake in the preheated oven until the bagels begin to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.