Homemade Bagels

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By Sneji
December 12, 2022

Every week I buy bagels. My children love to eat bagels, for breakfast or for lunch it doesn’t matter. I always have some in my fridge. I know that it’s so easy to buy them but honestly making them at home is so gratifying. Don’t get me wrong, yes they do take a while to make but they are honestly quite easy and they are definitely worth it.

First of all, making bagels at home is for people who love cooking. No, it’s not complicated! But as I said, it does take time, especially if you are making them for the first time ever.

Second of all, you have to be patient. The dough takes 2 hours to rise, then you have to make your balls and leave them for another 15 minutes to rise and then you have to shape your bagels by making a hole in the middle and leave them for another 15 minutes to rise again. So, in all it takes about 2 and a half hours for dough to rise, which is quite a long time.

Third of all, you have to boil them. Yes, it’s true! I was very surprised by this at first, maybe just like you are right now. I remember when I made them for the first time! I was wondering how I would boil them. I thought that the balls would just spread and dissolve in the water. But they didn’t! It’s like you have a magic dough! And don’t worry, boiling them will make your bagels perfect.

What else can I tell you about these bagels? Make the double dose. Why? Because 6 bagels are not enough, trust me. That’s how delicious they are.

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Homemade Bagels

Ingredients

  • 250 ml (1 cup) warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 8 g instant yeast
  • 2⅓ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 L water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ tsp water
  • mozzarella
  • sesame seeds
  • everything bagel seasoning

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, pour the warm water, sugar and yeast and stir. Cover the bowl with a towel and leave for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, stir the flour and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour the honey and the yeast and sugar mixture. First start mixing with a wooden spoon and after a while mix with your hands. 
  • On a floured countertop, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Lightly brush a large bowl with oil and put the dough inside. Grease the ball of dough with oil, cover it with a towel and let it double in size. It takes around 2 hours.
  • Punch the dough down and divide into 6 pieces (you can use a scale to be extra precise, but it’s not necessary). Shape each piece into a round ball. Press the balls gently, cover them with a towel and allow them to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Coat your finger in flour or pour a little flour in the center of the ball and gently press your finger into the center of each ball to create a ring. Then you stretch the ring out to about a third of the diameter of the bagel and place them onto a prepared baking sheet. I put them on small squares of parchment that I cut beforehand as I find it easier to use them for the boiling part. Let them sit for about another 15 minutes.
  • While the bagels are resting, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Pour the honey in the boiling water. Put the bagels with the parchment paper in the water. Put in as many bagels as you can comfortably fit into the pot. They will puff up quite a bit, so do keep in mind that they do need some breathing room. After 1 minute take off the parchment paper and flip them over to boil for another minute on the other side and then take them out.
  • Beat the egg yolk and one tsp of water. Spread the yolk over your bagels and sprinkle them with a topping of your choice. I used sesame, cheese and everything bagel seasoning for mine.
  • Now it’s time to bake them. Bake them in a preheated oven at 410 F for about 20-25 minutes, until they’re uniformly golden brown.
  • Once they’re out of the oven let them cool for at least a few minutes.

Bon Appétit!

Homemade Bagels

Servings 6 bagels
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 250 ml warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 8 g instant yeast
  • 2⅓ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 L water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ tsp water
  • mozzarella
  • sesame
  • everything bagel seasoning

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, pour the warm water, sugar and yeast and stir. Cover the bowl with a towel and leave for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, stir the flour and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour the honey and the yeast and sugar mixture. First start mixing with a wooden spoon and after a while mix with your hands. 
  • On a floured countertop, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Lightly brush a large bowl with oil and put the dough inside. Grease the ball of dough with oil, cover it with a towel and let it double in size. It takes around 2 hours.
  • Punch the dough down and divide into 6 pieces (you can use a scale to be extra precise, but it’s not necessary). Shape each piece into a round ball. Press the balls gently, cover them with a towel and allow them to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Coat your finger in flour or pour a little flour in the center of the ball and gently press your finger into the center of each ball to create a ring. Then you stretch the ring out to about a third of the diameter of the bagel and place them onto a prepared baking sheet. I put them on small squares of parchment that I cut beforehand as I find it easier to use them for the boiling part. Let them sit for about another 15 minutes.
  • While the bagels are resting, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Pour the honey in the boiling water. Put the bagels with the parchment paper in the water. Put in as many bagels as you can comfortably fit into the pot. They will puff up quite a bit, so do keep in mind that they do need some breathing room. After 1 minute take off the parchment paper and flip them over to boil for another minute on the other side and then take them out.
  • Beat the egg yolk and one tsp of water. Spread the yolk over your bagels and sprinkle them with a topping of your choice. I used sesame, cheese and bagel seasoning for mine.
  • Now it’s time to bake them. Bake them in a preheated oven at 410 F for about 20-25 minutes, until they’re uniformly golden brown.
  • Once they’re out of the oven let them cool for at least a few minutes.

Bon Appétit!

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