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Homemade Bagels Recipe
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Homemade Bagels Recipe

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I always wanted to make my own bagels, so I searched to find a recipe I could try. For variation and flavor, I sometimes add cinnamon and raisins or honey and sesame seeds to the dough.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sesame or poppy seeds, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 239 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 288 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the butter, sugar, salt and egg yolk; mix well. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Shape into 12 balls. Push thumb through centers to form a 1-1/2-in. hole. Stretch and shape dough to form an even ring. Place on a floured surface. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes; flatten bagels slightly.
  4. Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water; bring to a boil. Drop bagels, two at a time, into boiling water. Cook for 45 seconds; turn and cook 45 seconds longer. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain well on paper towels.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Homemade Bagels in Best of Country Breads 2000, p102

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 239 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 288 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

I was always afraid to try to make bagels until I tried this recipe. Now I make them with fresh fruit mixed in the dough and they come out great. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

never tried bagel baking before. It was basic enough that I could follow it, but I do wish there were pointers on how to add fun stuff like cheese. Do you need to modify wet/dry ingredient ratio?

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

This was my first attempt at making bagels. I will be making them again

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

Did not rise properly; did not rise much in the oven. Fairly bland and tasteless

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Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

You can also roll out the dough, place your favorite sausage in it ( I use chilli cheese brats) then seal and boil and bake as directed. Homemade bagel dogs are a real treat.

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