Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 20 mins

Homemade, chewy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside bagels in less than three hours. A must-try!


  1. Put half of the water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and let stand for five minutes. Meanwhile, mix flour and salt in another bowl, and make a well in the middle in which you pour the yeast mixture and the rest of the water once the five minutes have passed. Mix, and knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes. The dough should feel firm, smooth and elastic.
  2. Oil a large baking bowl, and turn the dough to coat. Let it rise under a damp towel for one whole hour, until doubled in size. Punch the dough down, and let it rest for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  3. Carefully divide the dough into 7-8 equally big pieces, shape into balls and punch a whole in the middle. Let them rest under a damp towel on a lightly oiled baking-sheet for 20 minutes.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and heat your oven to 190°C Once the bagels are ready, drop one or two of them into the boiling water, careful not to overcrowd the pot. The bagel should float within a couple of seconds. Boil for 1-2 minutes on one side, turn, and boil for another minute or so. Continue with all of the bagels.
  5. Put the bagels into the preheated oven, and bake for 10 minutes. Take the bagels out, turn them, and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven, spread on some cream cheese and smoked salmon and take a big bite. You deserve it.
Most Helpful

The dough recipe is standard, and it's good in texture. Though I would recommend boiling them for one minute per side. I am not quite sure why this recipe has received such low ratings, but I imagine it is because most of these are first-time bagel bakers. I have made bagels in the past years using different recipes, and I have to say this is one of my favorite. It's not bad. Again, as a recipe for bagel dough, it's perfect. Grpa

CHEF GRPA November 08, 2012

These turned out great. I only boiled them for about 30-45 sec per side but otherwise I thought the times and instructions given were spot on. Thanks.

Dr Nick January 16, 2013

Wow, these bagels were really great! So easy to make and so tasty! I had never made bagels before and thought it would be difficult, but youre directions were very easy to follow and the recipe worked out well. :) The only change I made was to reduce the salt by half. Also I needed to add about 1/2 cup more flour to reach the consisteny you described, but that depends on the weather and the flour I guess.
Thank you so much for sharing this keeper with us, fairytalechef!
Made and reviewed for Fall Pick a Chef October 2012.

Lalaloula October 25, 2012