22 Reviews

These bagels were great. I was a little skeptical at first because of the flour mixture, but the texture was better than I expected. I substituted tapioca flour for the cornstarch, used dairy free milk replacer, as well as egg replacer and they turned out great. Because I made my bagels larger I only got 3, so next time I will make a double batch so I can freeze the extras.

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gourmet gluten free chef May 12, 2008

This was my very first attempt at GF Bagels and I was scared I would make some kind of mistake. I didnt know which yeast to use...rapid rise or regular so I used Rapid Rise. I just ran out of Potato Starch as well so I read someone used Tapioca Starch so I substituted that as well. I had everything else. I placed the bagels on the parchment paper to bake them and I had to bake 22 minutes to get them golden. They did come out YUMMY! I was surprised how easy this recipe is. I was scared as it seemed to easy. I thought you had to rise the bagels but they came out fine without that step. I immediately cut one in half and toasted it and spread on some yummy cream cheese for a delicious snack.

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Mchel210 April 28, 2012

I love these! I brushed them with an egg wash and sprinkled them with sesame seeds right before they went in the oven. I didn't have potato starch, so I tried using tapioca starch instead, and I really liked the results.

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laurenlikesfood December 15, 2011

this recipe was worth a try- these were fun & easy to make. too bad i tried substituting the starches with brown rice flour. the results were ok, but not fabulous .flavor was good but they didn't rise enough, so a little too dense. but i suspect it was my fault for switching things and i'm going to try again with the right ingredients!

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jude503 October 01, 2007

This is the best GF gluten free bagel recipe yet. Simple and tasty! I really like that I didn't have to wait around for dough to rise. I used 2 packets of Fleischmann's active dry yeast. I also used tapioca instead of corn starch, and guar gum instead of xanthan . Additionally, I first used a strainer to sift and mix all of the dry ingredients thoroughly (I don't have a stand mixer and kneaded dry & wet together by hand). The bagels didn't rise that much so there wasn't a need to make such a big hole. They were dense and chewy, but I like that. The final product was definitely on par with gluten free options you might find in a bagel store, even better in some cases! These bagels also put Udi's to shame and have much cleaner ingredients. They were a little bland, next time I will add a little more salt and some herbs or seeds before baking.

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WannaBeGlutenFree September 19, 2015

These turned out awesome! I added "everything" topping on before baking and they turned out very yummy. Next time I make them I would add the everything topping into the batter to get more flavor. These are a good blank canvas to add lots of flavors...even not gf people were impressed.

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Katrina M. May 07, 2014

I followed the recipe exactly as written. There are a few changes I'd like to see made with this recipe just for clarity... first off, I'd rather have the measurements for the cornstarch and potato starch in weight rather than volume, it's more accurate and produces more consistent results. I'd also like to see the author list whether they intended for rapid rise or standard yeast to be used. I used standard and it worked out fine, but it's still good to know. Also the size of egg should be listed as well. So much in gluten free baking is a delicate balance of ingredients, it's important to be as accurate as possible. <br/><br/>With that said, I found the texture to be acceptable (though I'll try to refine my mixing and shaping to make a more smooth exterior). The taste, as others have mentioned, is pretty darn bland. A great canvas if you plan on adding flavors of your own, but not so great if you're just wanting plain bagels. When shaping, I found it helpful to dust my hands and a cutting board with cornstarch to make handling the dough easier. I may also try letting these rise after shaping for 15 minutes or so to see if some of the yeast-y flavor will develop. I did get 6 standard size bagels out of the recipe, which is excellent when the frozen Udi's bagels are nearly $7 for 4 at the only grocery store in the area that carries them.<br/><br/>I'm really overall fairly happy with the recipe. It's not without some flaws, but it's accessible enough for a beginner to try out and expect to get edible results.

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reeneejune March 16, 2014

These came out tasting very salty. I wanted to try to replicate my daughter's favorite blueberry bagels, so I added cinnamon with the blueberries. I didn't want to crush the berries when forming the bagels so I didn't get a smooth texture - they were rather lumpy looking which turned my daughter off. The texture was very nice, so next time I will experiment a little more to get the right flavor and smoothness of the bagels.

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serri2_12884265 May 24, 2011

This turned out pretty good. I did the recipe as written, but added some sugar to the boiling salt water as another reviewer added. They were a little doughy/chewy. I didn't mind a plain flavor because we like to make sandwiches out of them. My complaint is that the recipe could use some more details for me. I would have mixed the dry ingredients together first before I added them altogether to the wet mix. I would like to know how thick to make the bagels before dropping them in the boiling water and/or at least what to look for once they are in the boiling water. For mine 1 minute didn't seem to be long enough, but I didn't quite know what I was looking for. I thought perhaps that that was why they were still doughy.

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Joelle S. May 13, 2011

This is the first time that I have made GF bagels. They are soooo easy to make. I made exactly as the recipe called for. I was concerned because the recipe doesn't call for rising but trusted the recipe and they worked out great. I usually buy Udis but can't find them in this part of Florida. These are not as light but they are a whole lot less expensive. Udis cost about $5.00 for four and I figure this recipe cost about $1,50 for six to make.
These bagels make excellent sandwiches. They were a little bland for plain with cream cheese. I noticed a slight metallic taste. My baking powder and baking soda were expired so next time will use fresh.

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gf free to b me January 29, 2011
Gluten Free Bagels