Easy Bagels!

"This recipe for bagels is soo easy to make and impressive:)"
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Ready In:
1 dozen




  • Preheat Oven to 450°.
  • Mix Yeast with warm water and sugar and stir. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of flour at a time to the yeast mixture and salt and oil.
  • Mix together, when it starts to get stiff use your hands.
  • Put on floured counter and knead until smooth.
  • In the meantime, boil a large pot of water for 15 minutes.
  • Once dough is well kneaded, cut into twelve even pieces.
  • Roll pieces and form into bagel shapes.
  • Rest for 15 minutes on greased baking sheet covered with a towel.
  • Boil 4 at a time, 30 seconds per side.
  • While wet, sprinkle with salt/sesame seeds etc.
  • Put on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.

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  1. Chef Buggsy Mate
    I made these tonight with my youngest daughter. She did 99% of the recipe all by herself, I was just there to guide her. We had so much fun together in the kitchen! Her favorite part was boiling the bagels...she found it hard to believe that you had to boil them first. We chose to leave them plain so that we could spread them with our natural peanut butter, fruit spreads or flavored cream cheeses. This recipe was so simple we will be making our own bagels from now on. Thanks for posting your recipe. Made and reviewed for Spring PAC 2011.
  2. Outta Here
    These are easy, as advertised, but they need salt. I noticed that salt is listed in the instructions after I had finished making them, but not in the ingredient list. They also would benefit from an egg white wash before adding the toppings and baking. Made for Spring 2011 PAC game.
  3. Tinkerbell
    My family absolutely loved these bagels! I didn't eat any because I didn't convert it to gluten-free, but trust me, my bagel testers are very reliable. :) I have a feeling I'll be making these again, as they're going like hotcakes! I used three toppings: cinnamon & sugar (fresh ground), Hawaiian spice blend my mom brought me and Bren's Everything Topping- Bagels, Rolls, Bread (Recipe #421678). Thanks for sharing this super easy recipe, Emmyalice. It's better than anything we can buy at the mall! Made & enjoyed for Spring 2011 Pick A Chef. You've been adopted! :)
  4. Debbledo
    Great bagels!!! So easy and quick to make. I added some shredded cheddar cheese to mine and sprinkled it on top. Really yummy.
  5. Lisa Anne H.
    I will start by saying that I have been baking since my earliest childhood, under the watchful eye of my Grandfather, about near 50 years and will willingly admit this was my first attempt at making bagels. I made these yesterday and despite following the recipe the nth degree, they came out awful. Wanting to know what it was I did wrong, I began looking at numerous other recipes and finally realized why. There appear to a number of details left out of the recipe. For one thing, the her directions of the making of the dough itself is confusing. She tells you to mix the yeast with warm water (no temperature) and sugar and allow the yeast to bloom. In the next instruction she tells you to add the flour, 1 cup at at time to the yeast mixture, oil and salt. Sorry back up there, for in her list of of much of how much of this and that, does even tell you you need salt in the first place. As such, I had to guess and my scant 1/2 tps of salt was, by far and way, not enough. Nor was I aware that you had to let the bagels dry before baking them. As a first time bagel maker, I had no idea this was necessary. And because I had taken several missteps in the making of these bagels, they took 20 minutes to bake, not 10. This recipe has the potential to be a very good one, but if you're a first time bagel maker, as I was, I'd not recommend the recipe for there are too many critical details left out.


  1. Randi J.
    I added roasted pumpkin seeds and roasted sunflower seeds also 1 tablespoon of organic honey to offset the salty seeds halfway through kneading the dough
  2. Emmyalice
    1 tsp salt



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