Home-Baked Bagels

"These bagels are better than any store bought or frozen varieties. They are so fresh and the possibilities are endless :) Have lots of real butter and cream cheese on hand! Oh...and you might want to double the recipe...they never last long around here."
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Ready In:
2hrs 5mins
12 Bagels




  • Mix yeast, sugar and warm water together and let stand 3 minutes.
  • Mix 2 cups of flour with the salt in a large bowl and add the yeast mixture.
  • Stir until combined and slowly mix in the rest of the flour (If making cinnamon raisin bagels, add these to dough now).
  • Knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes, adding additional flour if needed, dough should be firm.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until double.
  • After rising punch down and divide dough into 12 balls.
  • Allow to rest for 4 minutes.
  • Bring 2 quarts of water to boil.
  • With your thumb, make a hole in each ball of dough and pull open about 2 inches, making a bagel shape.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the shaped dough onto a cookie sheet and cover for 10 minutes.
  • Lower heat under water for it to be simmering.
  • Drop 2 or 3 bagels at a time into the water for about 45 seconds, turning each once.
  • Drain and place on greased baking sheets.
  • Brush tops with beaten egg white and top with optional toppings.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, turning once for even browning.
  • Bagels are done when they are golden brown and shiny.

Questions & Replies

  1. My husband and I live in S. America now, and no decent bagels. This is the fourth recipe I've tried, and the best, by far.. Love the crust and consistency. The only thing I notice is that they flatten.. I haven't achieved what some of you have with those nice rounded bagels. Am I boiling too long? Thanks for all the great tips from the other writers!
  2. 45 seconds on each side, or 45 seconds total?
  3. Can one use parchment paper instead of greasing a baking sheet? I have this question for baking bread (like French loaves or braided loaves) as well.
  4. My yeast comes in a 1kg package. So how many tsp/tbsp is 2 packets of yeast?
  5. No baking soda in the water when boiling?


  1. These turned out WONDERFULLY!!! I had never tried making my own bagels and these were completely delicious, not to mention easy! As a reference, one Tablespoon equals 1/2 oz. I was afraid I had let them rise too long (after it doubled in size I realized I didn't have time to finish them and I had to throw it in the fridge for a few hours while I ran errands) - but they turned out just fine. I topped half with sesame seeds and half with sunflower seeds. I will DEFINITELY be making these again!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
  2. So, this recipe is amazing. I've never made bagels before, but I've done this twice now and my bagels are just delicious! They're still soft and chewy the next day (I microwave mine for 30 seconds before I slather on the cream cheese!). The first time I made these, I followed the instructions exactly. The second time, I did a little bit of altering (some based on other reviewers). I do the dough in my bread machine on the dough cycle (laying from the bottom up: warm water, 1 T salt, 2 cups of bread flour, 3 T sugar, the rest of the flour, and then yeast on top). I used brown sugar and this yielded in a chewier and slightly richer "plain" bagel. Also, I boiled my bagels for 40 seconds per a side, brushed with egg whites, and baked them for 28 minutes on one side, and then flipped for 8 minutes on the other (so that my bottoms would be more brown the the tops). I haven yet to make any flavored bagels, but my husband is begging for a sun-dried tomato and I want to try a blueberry one. The dough is sooooo easy to work with!! Thanks so much for sharing Karen!!! I have given up on going out and buying bagels anymore when I can make them so much for so much cheaper (and they're easy!) at home.
  3. Excellent recipe with great details! I would add, for those of us who have bulk yeast and not in the little packages, that the "2 packages yeast" equals .50 ounces of yeast, or 1/2 oz. :) Thanks!
  4. The dough for this wonderful recipe made up well in my bread machine. The ounces converted to 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of salt. If you like green olives, 3 or 4 chopped olives in 4 oz of softened cream cheese is a nice option for a spread. I enjoyed preparing and eating these bagels. Thank you!
  5. Great recipe! If you've never made bread before you may struggle a bit but a couple things to note if you haven't made bread before 1) Make sure you add the additional flour slowly, you don't want the dough to be sticky but you don't want to add everything at once and risk drying out your dough. I found it really helpful to sprinkle the top of my dough with flour and keep mixing it in the bowl. Resist the urge to take it to the floured surface before you've reached the non-sticky point. 2)You dough balls are not going to be perfect little balls and ITS OKAY :) The "skin" of the dough is soft but a teeny bit dry and can leave creases. This is 100% okay, it doesn't affect the taste of your bagel in any way and it just gives them more of that home made look. 3)Sugar and salt don't have to be exact so Google or look through these comments for helpful conversions. 4)They're delicious baked goods and shouldn't be taken too seriously. If for whatever reason you start to get frustrated, just take a break and relax.


  1. Made these with some friends, and since one of them is Vegan, we brushed the tops with olive oil instead of egg white.
  2. These were amazing! My first attempt at making bagels, & I was SO impressed. I substituted 1 cup of whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the white (made them just 2 Weight Watchers points each!), & I made the dough in my bread machine. I sprinkled poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic flakes and onion flakes on top to make Everything bagels; next time, I'll put garlic and onions in the dough to flavor it throughout. I put cinnamon & sugar on two, and my husband grabbed one as it came out of the oven. He loved it, & I loved my warm Everything bagel. Delicious!! No more store-bought bagels for me!


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