Basic Bagels

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Dancer

Make your own with this easy recipe! Points 4.

Top Review by OwlMonkey

This is a great recipe, that I had issues with the first time I made it. I didn't realize how stiff the dough needed to be, so they fell. They tasted delicious but didn't look so hot. I've now made this recipe 5 times and i'm really getting the hang of it. One addition that I make that has a good flavor is that I use 1 tablespoon less sugar but add 2 Tbsp. barly malt powder; it gives it that slight yeasty flavor that I enjoy in freshly made bagel shop bagels.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a bowl.
  2. Add water gradually and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed, scrapping bowl occasionally.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of flour.
  4. Beat at high speed for two minutes, scrapping bowl occasionally.
  5. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough.
  6. (Dough should be pulling away from the sides of the bowl).
  7. Turn out onto lightly floured surface.
  8. Knead for about 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour as necessary.
  9. Place in ungreased bowl.
  10. Cover and let rise in warm place for 20 minutes (dough will rise, but will not double).
  11. Punch down dough; divide into 12 small balls.
  12. Poke finger through the middle of the ball to the other end.
  13. Make a round hole about 1/2 inch in diameter.
  14. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  15. Cover and let rise in warm place for 20 minutes.
  16. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  17. Boil at least 2-inchs of water in a large shallow pan.
  18. Lower heat and add a few bagels at a time.
  19. Simmer bagels in water for 2 to 3 minutes turning once.
  20. Remove from water and replace the bagels on the greased baking sheet.
  21. Mix together egg white and a tablespoon of water.
  22. Brush the egg white wash over each bagel.
  23. Sprinkle poppy seeds or sesame seeds over the bagels.
  24. Bake for 30 minutes.
  25. Variations:
  26. Italian Herb Bagels: Add 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning, and replace salt with onion salt.
  27. Onion Bagels: Add 2 tablespoons of dehydrated minced onion, and replace salt with onion salt.

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