Homemade Bagels

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Making bagels from scratch is such a satisfying experience – they come out incredibly fluffy inside, crispy outside, and the best part? Breakfast is sorted for the whole week! Whether you fancy jalapeño cheese, everything, sesame, or asiago, however you bagel, it’s going to be a treat. Spread some cream cheese on them or craft a delicious bagel sandwich for lunch!

Homemade Bagels

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer


**Bagel Dough:**

  • 1 cup warm water about 110°F
  • 1/2 cup warm milk about 110°F
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour plus more for kneading
  • 2 teaspoons salt

**Boiling Water:**

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

**Egg Wash:**

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk


  • Everything bagel seasoning sesame seeds, brown sugar & cinnamon, jalapeño and cheddar, poppy seeds


**Make the Dough:**

  • – Proof the yeast by mixing it with 1/4 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar. Let it sit for 10 minutes until frothy.
  • – In a large bowl, whisk together bread flour, salt, and remaining sugar. Add the remaining warm water, warm milk, and proofed yeast. Knead until elastic and soft.
  • – Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in size.
  • – Punch the dough down and divide into 10 equal portions. Shape each into a ball and let them rest for 15 minutes.
  • – Poke a hole in the center of each ball and enlarge the hole. Let them rise again for 15 minutes.


  • – In a large pot, boil water with honey and baking soda. Add the bagels, a few at a time, and boil for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.


  • – Whisk egg and milk for the egg wash. Brush the boiled bagels and sprinkle with toppings.


  • – Preheat oven to 425°F and bake the bagels for about 20 minutes until golden brown and crispy outside, yet fluffy inside! Enjoy your homemade bagels!

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