Everything Bagels

Everything BagelsElsie has been requesting bagels for a few weeks now. It’s been quite some time since I last made bagels. Here’s why: they are very addictive! My all time favorite is blueberry bagels, but a very close second is everything bagels. 🙂

Easy homemade bagelsDelicious homemade bagelsWhat’s sort of strange about making bagels is you have to boil the dough before baking. This process creates a chewy interior crumb while the outside is browned and almost crisp.

Homemade bagels

Bagel doughEverything Bagels, makes 8

1 1/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons (one package) active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sesame seeds (I used both black and white)
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon coarse grain sea salt
1 egg

In a bowl, combine the water and sugar and stir to dissolve. Pour in the yeast and allow this to sit for 6-8 minutes. In a larger bowl, whisk together the flour and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt. Once the yeast mixture has had time to activate, pour it in to the flour mixture and stir until a crumbly dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 6-7 minutes until the dough begins to become elastic-like. You can also do this in a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Did you know you have to boil bagels before bakingTurn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into eight equal pieces. Shape into a ball and press your finger through to form the center hole. Once you have shaped all the bagels, allow them to rest for 10 minutes or so. Now place them into a pot of boiling water. They should float. Let them cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side, then remove to your prepared baking sheet.

How to make bagelsWhisk the egg plus 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl and brush this over each bagel. Sprinkle on the seeds! The egg wash will help them stick as well as add a pretty brown sheen to your bagels.

Everything bagel recipeEureka! After you add the seeds bake at 425°F for 20 minutes. If you don’t eat them all in one day, store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

How to make bagels at homeBest bagel recipeServe these with cream cheese at breakfast or make a bagel sandwich for lunch. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

Everything Bagels

Servings 8 bagels

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons one package active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds I used both black and white
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coarse grain sea salt
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the water and sugar and stir to dissolve. Pour in the yeast and allow this to sit for 6-8 minutes. In a larger bowl, whisk together the flour and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt. Once the yeast mixture has had time to activate, pour it in to the flour mixture and stir until a crumbly dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 6-7 minutes until the dough begins to become elastic-like. You can also do this in a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into eight equal pieces. Shape into a ball and press your finger through to form the center hole. Once you have shaped all the bagels, allow them to rest for 10 minutes or so. Now place them into a pot of boiling water. They should float. Let them cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side, then remove to your prepared baking sheet.
  3. Whisk the egg plus 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl and brush this over each bagel. Sprinkle on the seeds! The egg wash will help them stick as well as add a pretty brown sheen to your bagels.
  4. After you add the seeds bake at 425°F for 20 minutes. If you don't eat them all in one day, store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
  • I just made these for breakfast tomorrow, and they are completely delicious and easy! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe; I would have been incredibly intimidated to try making bagels from scratch on my own.

  • I made these today (sans the “everything” toppings, none of which I had, but with coarse salt) and they are seriously delish and easy if you’re willing to be patient while the dough rises.

  • I just made these bagels and they are HANDS DOWN the best bagels I’ve ever tasted!! Kind’ve a lot of work but 100% worth it! A bunch of people have already asked me for the recipe so I’ve sent them the link to this… hopefully you’ll get some new readers! Thanks so much!!

  • Oh thank you – I just returned from NYC yesterday and fell in love with bagels!!!

  • Have made these twice now, SUCH a good recipe. Do not substitute brown flour though, it is not nearly as good. I agree they are very addicitive, can’t wait to make the blueberry ones!

  • Perfect!Thank you for this basic recipe!
    I never made bagels but always wanted to try and now I have the perfect recipe,thanks to you!

    xoxo

  • There is NOTHING like homemade bagels! I don’t buy them from the store anymore. My husband tells me he wants more bagels by buying cream cheese. If I see that in the fridge, I know its time to make some more. 🙂

  • made these today with whole wheat flour and love them! thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • I just made these and WOW, these are the best bagels I have ever eaten!! And they’re vegan (soy milk instead of egg at the end)! Whoop!!
    Thanks so so much for the recipe 🙂 I will make these again and again!

    And btw: I just loved the cooking part so much.. First I thought how strange this is, but then I couldn’t stop giggling at these little guys floating and kinda popping up 😀

  • wow, I’ve just made them (just not everything, but with oatmeal on top due to lack of seeds..) and they’re perfect! better than anything I’ve ever eaten at a bagel house. finally a perfect, vegan bagel I can make at home!

    and btw: I loved the cooking part so much.. I thought it was very strange, but then I giggled the whole time at how they float and kinda pop..

    thank you so so much for this recipe!!

  • Made these last night and was so excited to wake up on this snowy NYC day and have one with my coffee. Great recipe. I didn’t have plain sesame seeds so I used wasabi sesame seeds… they add a little something.

  • These are SO AMAZING. I made them today and it’s seriously hard not to eat them all. The dough was pretty shaggy, so I was grateful for the help of my kitchenaid mixer this time.

    Perhaps next time mine will be as gorgeous as yours! I was lazier with the forming than I should have been. The imperfections stick around instead of “rising out” like they do with bread loaves.

    Wonderful stuff.

  • I made these a few days ago, they were wonderful! Thank you for this recipe.

  • Making this right now! Mine are definitely not as shapely and will probably end up being a trial run but i am loving trying this new recipe!

  • I made these yesterday and they were amazing. I try to avoid eggs , so I brushed them with olive oil instead. I also tweaked the topping mix to suit what I had in my pantry: I included sesame seeds, poppy seeds, maldon salt, a bit of onion and garlic powder. My mother, who lives in Spain, without access to bagels, was so jealous of the pictures I sent her that she made some too. She loved them. Thanks again for the recipe!

  • I made these last night – they’re amazing. Great simple recipe and the best bagels I’ve ever had.

  • Made your bagels yesterday -completely loved them -thanks for the inspiration! Ate them with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Xxx

  • Hi Emma!

    I’d never left a comment here before, but I tried these today at a meeting with friends at home, and they were completely DELICIOUS.

    We had them with:

    1. Low-fat cream cheese & ciboulette
    2. Home-made guacamole
    3. Brie & Basil

    Thanks a lot for the recipe, kisses from Buenos Aires =)

  • My fiance and I made these this morning. Great recipe! I think they would have turned out even better if we had a stand mixer. Our bagels weren’t as smooth as Emma’s, but they still tasted great!

  • Thanks Emma -I’ve had a go at baking these today! They came out beautifully despite the dough being quite crumbly -I did add a little extra liquid! Thank you so much for the inspiration. (Hilary Pope -south Wales uk)

  • These turned out FABULOUS!! Thanks again for sharing this recipe!!

    Sarah M…I have half sheet (13×18) pans made by Nordic Ware that I purchased at WalMart. They fit the silpats perfectly 🙂

  • I am a bagel girl. Nop, i am THE bagel girl. I eat at least 2 every day, it’s part of my diet (lol!). But until now, i haven’t try to make them at home. I thought they need 2 days process. This bunch looks divine! I will make them this week. Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

  • I am making them RIGHT NOW!!!! YEAH!!!! I am soooooooo excited. I will tweet you a pic!
    xoxoxo
    Thanks for making it so easy
    Ko-Shin
    http://www.diamondlifeandstyle.com

  • i must try these! they look simply amazing!

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  • After gorging myself bagels from the motherland of the bagel, Poland, all other bagels have been lacking for me. Perhaps I’ll try making my own and see if that cures the bug! Cheers, Cait

  • Oh gosh these look beautiful!
    And the photos are lovely!

    http://erstwhilefelicity.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I don’t usually comment but wow! I made bagels! I forgot to let them sit for 10mins after boiling but they still turned out great. I didn’t have all the seeds so I did onion powder, oregano, and caraway with sea salt. THEY ARE ADDICTIVE I hope there are a couple left for my husband… but no garauntees.
    Thank-you Emma.

  • I just made these and they are phenomenal! I will be making these again and again!

    Do you know how well they freeze? Again, thank you for the recipe! It’s amazing and proves you don’t need malt powder for good bagels 🙂 It also got my little girl to say “bagel” for the first time!

  • I made these last night, so simple and they taste wonderful, chewy and delicious.
    Thanks for this perfect recipe!

  • wow! many thanks for that amazing guide. I really loved it with the main. Hope you keep submitting this kind of astonishing content

  • Emma! You have just made bagels so much more approachable.. the making of a I mean.. cause the eating. .Like breathing. They’re really not harder than bread! Hooray! Thanks. Seriously. Making these.

  • julie- not sure as I haven’t tried it yet. but if you do decide to try I would let it rise then punch it down and store it (tightly wrapped in plastic wrap) before cutting it into 8 pieces. Let it warm up a bit before using it the next day, otherwise it may not shape well. Good luck!

  • Do u think the dough could be stored in the fridge to be used later? So if i wanted to make up extrq dough for later

  • Oh my goodness..those look amazing! everything bagels are my favorite. I’m going to have to try this 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • These look so yummy, I must give them a try. Once I figure out some substitutes (like I don’t think there’s bread flour in Spain).

    xx Kaisa

    http://reindeertrails.blogspot.com.es

  • They look so yummy and I didn’t even know bagels were so easy to make. I will absolutely be making these this weekend!

  • We make some pretty freaking delicious everything bagels at the coffee shop I work at in Kansas. I never knew how much I would love them until I tried them. Now I eat about one a week.
    An everything bagel with cream cheese is a day maker in my opinion.
    Leah
    www.e-plus-l.blogspot.com

  • I’m a Canadian in a bagelless land (Denmark) and bagels have been on my to bake least for eons, but I always seem to lose my nerve. Everything bagels are my absolute favourite and I will have to give this recipe a whirl.

  • LOVE BAGELS! born in NYC and have stayed in the tri-state area my whole life and there’s nothing better than a bagel for breakfast. thanks for sharing!

  • These looks so yummy, and not that hard to make! I wonder if I could substitute something for the egg wash to make them vegan?

  • I’ve never tried making bagels before- I hadn’t realized how easy they would be!

    xx Kait

    ChickadeeSays

  • I love Bagels, would love to make some one day.
    Katie xx
    http://thegravityandshe.blogspot.co.uk

  • Oh, thanks for sharing this. I never thought of making bagels by my own, because you can buy them everywhere, but I will definitely try this out. Looks so delicious.

  • YUM! Love this recipe. We serve everything bagels at the coffee shop I work at, but I can never finish them. These look like the perfect size!

  • I love a good everything bagel. I want to try English muffins too .

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  • I have only made bread myself once (letting my husband do his thing with the bread-machine regularly). But one thing we’ve never made but love so much are bagels. With these excellent instructions that is going to change in the very near future. Thanks for this. They really look great.

  • Great! TFS! I miss bagels, here in Norway. I’ve been looking for a good recipe to try! 😀

  • Yummy!!! 🙂 I love bagels with cream cheese!

    I would like to try this out. I only really started getting my hands dirty in the kitchen last year and this looks like something I would enjoy doing! My bf would go crazy to say the least. Hahahaha!

    Thanks for this!

  • uh oh! These are my sister’s(Vintage Honeybee) favorite! Bet you she’s gonna comment, and gonna make these!I can taste those delightful chewy tasties right now!Xox

  • I must make these!! My family loves everything bagels. I love cooking/baking and have never even thought to make my own bagels. HAHA! Thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

  • I haven’t been able to find any in Santiago so I’m def. trying these on the weekend. I had one every single day when I was an exchange student in Canada, and I miss them so much.

  • Ohhh they look delicious !! I’m craving for bagels right now, it’s been a few months I haven’t had one since I eat gluten free now… I need to get my hands on a gluten free bagel recipe !!

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  • It’s been so long since I made my own bagels, but they are soooooo much better than the bagels I can get near me. I make mine with half wheat flour to make them a little more hearty.

  • I love love love bagels but never made them myself before so I’m very excited about this post! These look amazing! 🙂

    Lulu xx

    http://luluslittlewonderland.blogspot.com

  • This is a great idea! I love bagels and I have all of the ingredients right here. It’s kind of weird that you have to cook them first but if they turn out like yours, I’ll definitely do that too.
    xo Julia

  • I’m going to try it! It looks yummy. 🙂

    Virginia.

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  • Looks fantastic! I never tried to make Bagels myself, but now I have no reason not to make them! Thanks for the great recipe!!
    Inga from Germany

  • Yum! Everything bagels with avocado and salad is one of my fave lunches. Yum yum yum.

    If I didn’t live so very close to so many amazing bagel bakeries I’d try this! Love your recipes!

    xx Penny http://thesefinedays.com/

  • as i can not seem to find any good bagels here in belgium i will definatly try to make these!

    http://mamajulesbrussels.blogspot.com/

  • Oh. My. Goodness. These look amazing! I’m going to try these ones out! Thanks for posting.

  • we’ve been living off of smoked salmon and cream cheese sesame seed bagels recently. yummmmmm <3

  • Oh, perfect, perfect, PERFECT!! We have a long weekend coming up here in Western Australia and a lazy brunch of homemade bagels sounds ideal. Plus having the luxury of time to make them!! xoxo

  • I definitely would like to do that recipe. Looks good and on the morning I always sytarting eat something like that. Thatks for that recipe.

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  • This may be too much too soon, but I’m fairly certain you have baked your way into my heart with this recipe. Everything bagels are pretty much on my top 10 list of favorite things in life.

    On a side note, your measuring cups/spoons are fantastic. Where do they come from?

  • Hello from Málaga! I can not dream of finding bagels in southern Spain, and I am so glad to have come across your recipe! You make it seem easy, so I will definitely try this soon. Besos!

  • Look so fantastic, I’m inspired to have a go. Could you add a PS on variations ie blueberry and others?

  • Those looks so good! Never tried this and hope to give it a whirl this weekend. Thank you!

  • The pictures are drool-worthy! I am definitely going to give these a go! It’s going to be a Carb-party!

  • NYC bagel maven weighing in here–

    That recipe could really benefit from some malt or baking soda in the water for boiling– will improve color and shine on the bagels– the malt giving the bagels that hint of sweet and something else that is characteristic of a classic bagel. You will then not need to add egg to the outside. They will be plenty shiny and have more consistent browning.

    Also, you might want to play around with adding some high gluten flour to the mix to give them a better density/chew.

    And of course, to those living in places with soft water– well you’re probably out of luck when it comes to bagel making. Hard water may not be great for hair, but it’s part of what makes NY bagels and pizza outstanding.

    • I was wondering about the baking soda addition. About 1/2 cup? thanks!

  • These look so yummy!! But could you use AP flour instead of bread? Sadly they don’t make gluten free bread flour. 🙁 At least not that I’ve seen!

    x Sara from tinysugarbee.blogspot.com

  • Everything bagels are my favorite too! I haven’t made bagels since cooking class in high school…can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • well these look ridiculously good.. and not terribly hard! maybe i’ll try them this weekend.
    kw, ladies in navy

  • How perfect. I’ve had a craving for bagels the last couple days. I’m going to try making some of these this weekend.

  • Oh my gosh so yummy! I must try this recipe. I am Pinning it now.
    Carlee
    http://almostendearing.blogspot.com/

  • definitely bookmarking this recipe for the first chance I get to make them. Thanks for sharing!

  • O my… those look delish!! I’ve never even thought about making my own bagels…but these look simple and delicious! Must try soon!

  • I’m off gluten for Lent but as soon as it’s over… I’m making these!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • Yum! I’ve never made bagels from scratch! Much cheaper than going out to buy one in the morning!

  • For a baking sheet, America’s test kitchen said Lincoln cookware cooks best, half sheet size. You can get them on Amazon.

  • they look so good! i love everything bagels!

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  • I will be making these this weekend along with your whisky lemonade!!!

    xo Andrea

  • These are my favorite kind of bagels, so excited to try this recipe. I never knew it was relatively simple to make these at home.

    Thanks as always for the outstanding inspiration!

  • Emma, is there going to be a noticeable difference if I use whole wheat flour instead of bread flour? That is what I have on hand. And I LOVE everything bagels, too. Been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.

  • my husband would freak if I made these! best wife award 🙂

    xx Ashleigh
    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

  • oh my..they look so delicious! Can’t wait to make them (..maybe right now?!) And then maybe I make some with chocolate too and have them for breakfast.

  • Yum!! These look so toasty and delicious. My husband loves to bake and he’s been looking for a good bagel recipe to try out. I’ll definitely pass this along!!

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  • Wow! I would never have thought to make bagels from scratch! Will absolutely be trying these out this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  • THANK YOU! My boyfriend and I always make an effort to have a nice breakfast every Sunday, so this will be perfect for us 🙂

    xxx Sabrina
    http://butterflybrainblog.blogspot.com/

  • My brother and his girlfriend are always making bagels from scratch and they are my favorite food. I’ll have to tell them to use this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  • SarahM- I am not sure of the brand. Sorry! I’ve had them a while now (as you can probably tell). I think I may have bought them at a restaurant supply store (you don’t have to own a restaurant to get in on the goods usually). 🙂

  • I am sooooo making these tomorrow! How do u make Cinnamon-raisin ones – they are my fave! I am from NYC but live in Barcelona now – there is only one bagel shop – and its only so-so! I hope I can make yummy ones! Thanks for this amazing post 🙂
    Ko-Shin
    http://www.diamondlifeandstyle.com

  • oh my, everything bagels are my weakness. Im so excited to try these! thanks for the recipe.

  • Looks great! Could you share (if you know) the brand of your baking sheet? I’ve been looking for one that fits a silpat that perfectly.

  • OMG! You are my savour – My boyfriend’s definitely going to love me when I attempt to make these! Thank you!

    – Killian x
    indulgenceonabudget.blogspot.co.uk

  • Yum! I don’t think I would have to worry about storing them – I would eat them all in one day!

  • I am so, so happy you posted this! You can’t find everything bagels in Australia and I’ve had a serious craving for them. Thank you!! x

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