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Homemade Bagels

If you follow every step, you will see that these bagels are actually quite easy to make, and especially tasty since they are homemade! They make a perfect lunch, breakfast, or weekend picnic. You can use them for sandwiches or serve them with dipping sauces. I love the traditional NY style bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion, dill and capers.

To make these bagels, you just need to mix all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the hook attachment, or even by hand, until the dough comes together, and let it rise in a warm spot away from air draughts. Then divide the dough into small pieces, shape the bagels and let them rise again. 

To know whether the bagels are ready to be boiled, dip them in the water: if they float, they are ready, if they do not, they need a little more rising time. 

Then they are boiled in water with honey, which gives them their typical bagel color, sprinkled with sesame seeds and baked until golden brown. 

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Homemade Bagels


For the Bagels:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 7 gr active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For boiling:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt


  • In a small bowl, place warm water, yeast and sugar. Set aside until small bubbles start to form. 
  • In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and knead (you can use the stand mixer with the hook attachment). If necessary, add 2-3 tbsp more warm water and knead until the dough comes together. Place it into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • Line a baking sheet with greased parchment paper. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and form each one into a ball. With your finger and a little oil, make a hole of about 2.5cm (1 inch) in the center of each one. Let rise for 1 hour. To know whether the bagels are ready to be boiled, dip one in the water: if it floats, they are ready, if it does not, they need a little more rising time. 
  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot, add honey, baking soda and salt. Boil 2-3 bagels at a time for 1-2 minutes on each side until they rise to the surface of the pot. Remove with a slotted spoon and place them on the lined baking sheet. Quickly sprinkle with sesame, poppy or any other seeds you like.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 220°C/430°F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Fill the bagels with green onions (or chives), dill, parsley, 1 tbsp milk, salt, pepper, smoked salmon, red onion and capers. 
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