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Best Homemade Bagel

This homemade Bagel recipe is delicious and easy to make. You can prepare mouth-watering bread with just a few ingredients.

December 24, 2021
BagelPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 240 mins
Cooking 40 mins
Total 280 mins



  1. In a bowl, add around ½ cup of lukewarm water. Add sugar and yeast to the mixture. Mix well to combine and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 10 minutes until frothy.
  2. Mix flour, salt, malt powder, and the yeast mixture in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Gradually add the remaining water and knead the dough until it is smooth. This will take about 5 minutes in a stand mixer and then kneading by hand for 5 minutes additional.
  4. Take a bowl and grease it with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl and cover it with oil.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 1-1,5 hour to poof and double in size.
  6. Once the dough has doubled in size, prepare the work surface by dusting it with cornmeal.
  7. Let the dough out on the work surface. Divide it into 4 to 6 equal parts and roll them in balls.
  8. Roll the dough balls into thick logs and connect the ends to make a bagel. Press the connected end to the work surface and roll to ensure the edges are connected and sealed.
  9. Repeat the same process to other dough balls.
  10. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment and dust the cornmeal over it. Place the bagels over it and let them poof for at least 2 hours to a maximum of 4 hours.
  11. Prepare a new baking sheet with parchment for baking.
  12. Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  13. Take a deep pot and fill it with water. Place it over medium heat.
  14. Mix the honey in the water and bring it to a simmer.
  15. When water is simmer, gradually add baking soda to avoid over-boiling the water.
  16. Once the water starts to boil, drop 2 or 3 bagels in the water carefully. They will immediately start to float. If not, let them, poof, for an hour more.
  17. Let the bagels boil for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. The more you boil, the thicker the crust and the bagel will be chewed.
  18. Once the bagels are boiled, toss them hot in the sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning. If you don't want any seasoning, then just use an egg white wash over them.
  19. Place the bagels over the prepared baking sheet and bake them in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating them halfway through every 10 to 12 minutes.
  20. The bagels will be brown or dark brown. Take them out and transfer them to the cooling rack until completely cool.
  21. Serve them plain or with cream cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bagel
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9 g11.5%
Protein 9.7 g19.4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • For crispy bagels, make sure the dough is slightly wet.
  • If you want the bagel skin to be thicker, boil them for a minute or two. For thinner skin, boil them for less time.
  • Always use high protein flour like bread flour or flour made from refined grains for a bagel.
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Bagel is a classic delicacy. This doughnut-shaped bread is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is served plain or with different ingredients.

If you are looking for a satisfying and practical food for breakfast or snacks, try this Bagel recipe now. From salmon to chicken, from cream cheese to jam, you will not be able to say no to a taste that is compatible with many ingredients. Enjoy your meal.

What Are Bagels?

Bagel is a type of bread made from flour, yeast, and water. It is shaped into a ring or donut. It has a crispy and shiny exterior, whereas the interior is dense and chewy. The bagel came from Polish cuisine and was introduced by the Jewish community living in Poland. However, the earliest record of a bread that was shaped like a ring and was boiled first and then baked was mentioned in an Arabic cookbook of the 13th century. However, it was the Polish Jews that made the rest of the world familiar with this technique of making a ring-shaped bread or bagel. Today, you can find different styles of bagels all across the world.

What Makes Bagels Different From Bread?

Although the recipe or ingredients for both bagel and bread are the same, the preparation makes the two so different from each other. Here is how a bagel is different from bread:

  • Firstly, a bagel is shaped like a ring or a donut with a hole. In contrast, the bread is generally in a rectangular or elongated shape.
  • Bread is baked in the oven by mixing all the ingredients. But to make a bagel, you must first shape the dough, then boil it for a few seconds or minutes, and then bake it.
  • A bagel has a dense and chewy texture, whereas bread is fluffy and moist.
  • The crust of a bagel is crisper and thicker than that of bread.

How to Shape Bagels?

Start by rolling the dough piece using your hands on a floured surface in such a way that it shapes like a cylinder. Now hold one end of the cylinder between your thumb and index finger, and wrap the other end on your hand to meet the first end. Pinch the two ends together and remove the leftover piece. You will get a homemade bagel bread ring.

What to Serve with Bagels?

You can enjoy homemade bagels as both a sweet and savory dish. Here are a few ideas for you to try:

Peanut butter and jelly: Try peanut butter and jelly in a bagel instead of bread. You will enjoy it.

Cream cheese: A simple cream cheese filling with your favorite fruits that go so well in a bagel.

Nutella: You can never have enough of Nutella in a bagel. Try hazelnut spread as well!

Smoked salmon: Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and leafy greens are a perfect savory combination with a bagel.

Egg benedict: Give yourself a breakfast treat with egg benedict on a bagel with fresh tomatoes on the side.

Chicken: Turn a bagel into a leftover chicken sandwich with shredded chicken, marinara sauce, and a slice of cheese.

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How To Store Bagels?

Wrap the bagel in parchment paper and place it in a plastic zip-lock bag. Place it in a cool, dry place or refrigerate. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days. Moreover, you can also freeze bagels. To do so, cut them in half, place the slices in a zip lock bag and refrigerate. Reheat in the microwave once they reach room temperature. Frozen bagels will last for up to 2 months.

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