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Bagels why not make them at home?   Bagels are such a regional food and there not hard to make,  they take a bit of time about and hour and a half all total but,  they are so worth it!  Since your on the cusp of a weekend how about surprising your special someone with these tasty treats.

This recipe is relatively quick and as simple as playing with play-dough.  I think most of us have played with play-dough as kids and oh what fun we had.  I have made a lot of bagels in my time and some  the of recipe calls for long rest and rise times these do not!  They are user and time friendly.   I found that if you do short rest periods and rise they turn out just as tasty with out the long wait!

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (no hotter than 115° degrees) +1 tablespoon for the egg wash + 1 egg white for egg wash
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast or 1 packet
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons malt syrup (optional it adds color and flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • sesame seed, poppy seeds or coarse salt

preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Place the water and yeast in the bowl of a mixer sprinkle the sugar over it and let rest for 10 minutes.  The yeast will be bubbly add the flour salt and malt syrup if using and plus the mix until the flour is wet.  Let the dough knead on medium speed for 10 minutes.  Pull the dough off the hook and place on the counter.  Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll in to a ball flatten out on floured counter top.  Cover with a damp lent free kitchen towel of twenty minutes.  Using your thumb poke a hole in the center of each ball of dough and gently shape into a smooth ring.  Place back on the flour dusted surface once again cover with the damp towel for 20 minutes.

The dough balls will have the shape of hamburger buns.


While the bagels rest heat a pot of water to a simmer.  Prepare 2 baking sheets with silpat baking pads or parchment you can also spray with cooking oil.  You will also need a large slotted spoon and a pastry brush.

Dip each bagel top side down in the water bath and let bathe for 30 seconds.  Flip over bathe for 30 more second.  Place on the silpat baking sheet or parchment and repeat with remaining bagels.  after all bagels are bathed brush with egg wash and add seeds if using.

Gotta love the lens cap photo booming. Just poke a hole in the center then shape.


Put the ring around your fingers and gently roll making a nice shape.
You want the water to simmer not boil.
Gently place the bagels in the water so not to splash your hand. It will sink to the bottom, after a few second up to 30 it will rise and then you can flip it over. Careful not to splash yourself. If after 30 seconds the bagel doesn’t rise gently us your slotted spoon to lift it off the bottom of the pan.
Egg wash is just the water and egg white whisked together. It not only acts as a glue for the toppings it make the plain bagels shiny.
Topping the bagels this is a favorite of ours.

For onion poppy-seed use 1/2 Cup dried onions with 1/4 cup hot water.  Let sit while your bathing the bagels.  Use to top after egg wash and don’t forget to add the poppy-seed after the onions.

Time to bake in a preheated 400 degree oven bake for 15 minutes turn your sheets and bake another 15 minutes.  The bagels will be a nice dark caramel color when the are ready.  So don’t be tempted to remove them early you want the center fully cooked.

View of the baking process halfway through.
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There’s those beautiful shiny bagels.

This part will be tough but you need to wait about 20 minutes to let the bagels cool a resting period of a sort.  Because the gluten molecules are still cooking when you take the out of the oven.

More beautiful onion bagels this time.
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No bagel is complete without cream cheese this is chive cream cheese from a local farm the makes their own. And boy is it delicious.

Now that the wait is over and your gnawing your arm off dig in an eat.  Toasted or straight up with cream cheese gotta love those fresh bagels.



Sometimes I pretend to be normal. But it gets boring so I go back to being me!



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