Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Experiment of the Week: Homemade Bagels

After a nice day of digging for fun new things to make for our family. My oldest and I went to youtube and found a humorous video: How to make bagels in 5 minutes. Nevertheless we knew it wasn't going to take five minutes, but it peeked our interested to try this recipe out.

We modified this recipe.


  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour [small amount for flouring the board]
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 quarts boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar [also can add molasses at this step instead of sugar]
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal [we omitted this step as we found they were a nicer flavor/texture]
  • egg white
  • Ms. Dash
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Caraway Seeds [this really makes the flavoring of this bagel]


  1. Place water, salt, sugar, flour and yeast in the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough setting. [We did this by hand since we did a triple batch.]
  2. When cycle is complete, let dough rest on a lightly floured surface. Meanwhile, in a large pot bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Cut dough into 9 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a small ball. Flatten balls. Poke a hole in the middle of each with your thumb. Twirl the dough on your finger or thumb to enlarge the hole, and to even out the dough around the hole. Cover bagels with a clean cloth, and let rest for 10 minutes. [We didn't use this method, but to each there own. We rolled them into a hot dog style, and pressed the end, and wrapped it around firmly.]
  4. Sprinkle an ungreased baking sheet with cornmeal. Carefully transfer bagels to boiling water. Boil for 1 minute, turning half way through. Drain briefly on clean towel. Arrange boiled bagels on baking sheet. Glaze tops with egg white, and sprinkle with your choice of toppings.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F (190 degrees C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until well browned.[20 for convection oven. Other oven times my vary.]

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  1. I have wanted to make them for so long but they still haven't made it on the list. Are you happy you did it??

  2. Helloooo Alison! Truly I am glad for the moment they cost more than the Target bagels we used to buy, but they are more filling, and the main goal....I KNOW WHAT IS IN THEM! It does take effort..mainly waiting honestly. Rising times, boiling, baking, but they taste is out of this world. The cost I figured {I am a nerd like that hahaha] is less than a dollar more. So I can live with that!

    Thanks for your comment, and welcome!