I use active dry yeast to make bagels.
I bloom it with warm water and sugar in the bowl of my stand mixer. While it's blooming I combine the dry ingredients. When the yeast is ready, I feed the dry ingredients into the mixer while it's running at the lowest speed until combined. Then I speed it up to do the kneading.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan