Have you ever made homemade bagels? This recipe makes fantastic bagels- and rivals anything that I can purchase at our local bagel shop (and I live in New York- where they know how to make a bagel!). I love that I can make them in a slightly smaller size- because does anyone really need to eat an entire giant NY-sized bagel for breakfast? Here's my homemade bagels recipe!
How to Make Homemade Bagels:
Making bagels starts off the same as most bread recipes- where you add yeast to warm water and then mix in flour until the dough comes together in a ball. Knead until silky- and then allow the dough to rise in a warm spot for an hour or two- until the dough has doubled in size.
After the dough has completed its first rise, divide it into 8-9 pieces. Flatten the pieces into disks and then, using your finger, poke a hole in the center.
Place them on a floured surface, spacing them apart a bit, cover them with a kitchen towel and allow them to rise for an hour.
Next, it is time to cook the bagels, and the first step in cooking them is to boil them in water! This is what gives them their chewy goodness.
Remove them from the water and place them on a kitchen towel to drain.
They kind of look strange like this, don't they? All shriveled and doughy?
Finally, you finish the bagels by baking them in the oven until they are golden brown!
Homemade Bagels Recipe:
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 cups of bread flour
- 5 T white sugar, divided
- 1½ tsp. salt
- 2¼ tsp active dry yeast
- white from one egg
- Dissolve the yeast, salt, and 2T sugar in the warm water, and allow to sit for a few minutes until frothy.
- Mix in the flour until incorporated, then turn out the dough and knead until silky and smooth.
- Return the dough to the bowl to rise for 1-2 hours in a warm spot.
- After the dough has completed its first rise, divide it into 8-9 pieces.
- Flatten the pieces into disks and then using your finger, poke a hole in the center.
- Place them on a floured surface, spacing them apart a bit, cover them with a kitchen towel and allow them to rise for an hour.
- To begin cooking the bagels, dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar into a big pot of boiling water, and then place 4-5 bagels in the pot for just one minute, turning them over after 30 seconds.
- Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the bagels from the water and place them on a kitchen towel to drain.
- Place the bagels on a cookie sheet that is liberally dusted with cornmeal, and brush the top of each bagel with an egg white wash (which is just an egg white in a bowl that has been beaten with a fork until frothy).
- Bake the bagels at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
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Oh man… I am telling you- these homemade bagels are so good!