Fun and Easy Bagels to Make Amidst The Madness

Bagels don't need to be bought at a store

March 22, 2020

It's honestly amazing what you can do with flour and water. In these crazy times where people are rushing to the store to hoard as much as they can for who knows what reason, I think it is essential to have some skills in the kitchen so you don't get left behind. Maybe you really were craving some bagels, but low and behold, all of the ones you love from the store...

Well have no fear. That's why I'm here. I am going to give you the simplest recipe to make bagels right in your house, and they will be as chewy and delicious (probably more) than the ones your used to at the store. 

This is just a base recipe, and you can add whatever flavors/toppings you want before you bake them off. The recipe is simple, but there are a few different steps. Check out my video of me making these...the recipe follows below

WHAT YOU NEED: (to make 4 good sized bagels)
2 cups Flour
3/4 Cup warm water (~110 degrees)
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
Some Salt

1 egg and some water

Molasses (or honey)


Step 1 - Mix yeast into water with a sprinkle of sugar and set aside to bloom for 5 minutes.

Step 2 - Pour yeast/water into a Stand Mixer and add your flour/salt/brown sugar. Mix for about 3 minutes until it forms together.
          It's going to feel a little bit stiff, this is good. But you're going to need to do some kneading by hand as well.

Step 3 - Take your dough and knead on a lightly floured surface for another 5 minutesish until dough is smooth.

Step 4 - Put into a bowl sprayed with cooking spray and let rise in a warm area for at least 90 minutes (I let it rise in the oven...but make sure its OFF)

Now is when the fun part comes


Step 5 - Take your risen dough and punch it down. Then separate into 4 balls.

Step 6 - Shape into bagels. There are different ways to do this. I took my ball and poked a hole in the middle with my thumb and then sort of smoothed it around to make the perfect bagel shape(see video).
             Some people like to make a rope and then attach it on both ends, but to me, that's just asking for the bagel to fall apart.

So anyways, after you shape them, the bagels should look like this

bahel raw

Perfect, 4 super cute bagels. Alright. Now remember that boiling liquid, this is what really turn this into a bagel as opposed to weird bread.

Get that mixture boiling and drop each bagel in for 1 minute on each side. What this does is help to give the bagel its chew and texture. The molasses/honey helps get the outside that traditional bagel crispiness. The sugars in the molasses/honey start to caramelize on the outside. But we don't want it too much, so that's why it's only a minute or so.

Awesome that's done and now you've put your bagels back on the cookie sheet.

Step 7 - Time to egg wash, paint on some egg wash to help help get the little bit of brown color on the outside while baking, but also, THIS IS WHERE YOU GET TO PUT YOUR TOPPINGS ON. 
           For mine, I just shredded sup some cheddar cheese to put right on top. I also made an EVERYTHING SEASONING (garlic,onion flake, poppyseed, pepper, salt) it really can be whatever you want. 

bagel topped

Step 8 - Throw them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes and you'll be ready to go! 

bagel cooked

I'm a cream cheese on bagel kind of guy, but you can throw whatever you want on, I won't judge.

cream cheese

Now you can have a little fun with the recipe too. We all know I love hot dogs, and BAGEL DOGS are always one of my favorite things to order if it's on a menu. So...If you want to make these bagel dogs it is very simple, use the exact same recipe, but just cut little squares to wrap around your dog. Then you go through the same boil and egg wash process as before, bake for maybe a little shorter time(becuase it's less dough) and enjoy

bagel dogs

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