How to Make Bagels

Give bakeries and coffee shops a run for their money. DIY bagels taste just as good, cost less and are often better for you. The reason's simple: Making bagels at home lets you control the ingredients and portion size, so you end up with custom-made bagels sized right for a healthy diet.

Homemade bagels are just four steps away: Make dough; shape; boil; bake.


1. Shape dough into balls. Push your thumb through the center of the dough, forming a 1-in. hole.

2. Stretch and shape dough to form an even ring.


After bagels have boiled, remove them from water with a slotted spoon. Drain well on paper towels.

Secrets to Bread-Machine Bagel Success

  1. Let all liquid ingredients come to room temp (70° to 80°).
  2. Measure accurately and add ingredients in the order your machine's manufacturer suggests.
  3. Check dough after 5 minutes of mixing. It should feel smooth, soft and slightly tacky. If it's moist or sticky, add 1 Tbsp. of flour and check again after a few more minutes. If it's dry and crumbly, add 1 Tbsp. of liquid, then check again.

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