Yummy Homemade Bagels

*The second picture was my last attempt and WOW they were good.

Good morning! So a little before bed, I get these craving for bagels (No Mom, I am NOT pregnant), which of course we neglected to buy in today’s food shopping. I remembered I copied this recipe down for homemade bagels from my best friend’s bread book. The name is the cookbook is called “The Baking Cookbook.”  Well, I have to tell you that these bagels came out great. I had one right after they came out of the oven. As a chef, it is imperative that you taste all of your food before serving it to others. At least that is my excuse  for eating a bagel at midnight. Unlike my other bread recipes, this recipe takes a relatively short period of time.

This bagel picture came from my Godfather and his wife. They made them and loved them so much they called me up to tell me they were making another batch! And oh man, they look delicious.


  • 4 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Yeast
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Honey (the original recipe says clear honey but whatever, mine is brown)
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil (or corn oil)
  • 1 cup plus 1 tbsp Warm Water

Toppings Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoon Corn  or Canola Oil
  • 1 beaten Egg, to glaze
  • 2 teaspoon Poppy Seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 small Onion, peeled and finely chopped (Optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar (Optional)

Step 1: Sift flour and salt into a large bowl.

Step 2: Stir in yeast; make a well in the center.

Step 3: Beat eggs with honey and oil in a medium-sized bowl.

Step 4: Pour the warm water and the beaten egg mixture into the dry ingredients  and mix to form dough.

Step 5: Knead dough for 10 minutes on a flat, floured surface.

Step 6:Put  the dough ball in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes.

Step 7: Punch dough to let gas escape.

Step 8: Divide into 12 pieces for small bagels, or 6 pieces for medium sized bagels.

Step 9: Curve into a ring and pinch edges to seal.

Step 10: Put the rings on an oiled cookie sheet.

For bigger bagels:

Step 11: Cover with an oiled plastic wrap (I sprayed the plastic wrap with an oil spray), and leave to rise for 20 minutes.

Bigger alternative: 

Step 12: Pre-heat oven to 400.

Step 13: Add sugar to a large saucepan of water and bring to a boil.

Step 14: Time for the finishing ingredients. Beat the egg and oil together.

*This is the time to do any preparation work for your toppings if you wish to do so.

Step 15: The water should be boiling by now. Drop in bagels and poach for 15 seconds.

Step 16: Lift out with a slotted spoon and return to the baking tray.

Step 17: Brush bagels with the beaten egg mixture and sprinkle with toppings of your choice.

Step 18: Bake for 12-15 minutes.

For the bigger bagels: I have no idea why the picture came out yellow; it was just the lighting

Step 19: Eat and Enjoy ( I had to taste one immediately!)


  1. OMG!!! I just made the bagles and they are AMAZING!!! My wife and I are from NY and we haven’t had bagles like these in a long time. My wife actually told me that they taste better than the ones we used to buy at our local bagle shop in Staten Island, and that’s saying something because they were great. Can’t wait to try the next recipe. I love the fact that this blog is so picture detailed (great for visual learners like me.

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