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Homemade Bagels Recipe

Homemade Bagels Recipe

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 YIELD:12 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 239 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 288mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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Melissaclymer User ID: 8263145 220718
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Excellent! Wonderful recipe that made superb bagels. If it didn't turn out for you, you most likely killed your yeast. I let my yeast pouf before I mix it together. Get your milk to about 120 degrees and stir in the sugar to dissolve it. By the time the sugar is dissolved, the milk should be the right temp to add yeast. Add yeast to milk/sugar mixture and let stand for 10 minutes so it gets creamy and activates. I let my dough raise in my warm oven (turned on to warm, 170* for a minute then shut off) for about an hour. Then let the shaped dough raise on the warm cooktop as the water in my pot heated up. Be careful how you remove them from the boiling water, any mark left when removing will be there for good. I suggest putting them in upside down then carefully flipping. When you remove with the slotted spoon, any marks will be on the bottom. I sprinkled the bagels with garlic powder, sun dried tomatoes, herbs, cheese and other things before putting in the oven. So very yummy!"

Aula User ID: 1127835 220693
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015 Edited Feb. 18, 2015

"Wonderful recipe. Always easier to make the second time:)"

Aula User ID: 1127835 220692
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015 Edited Feb. 18, 2015

"Wonderful recipe. Always easier to make the second time:)"

Aula User ID: 1127835 220690
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015 Edited Feb. 18, 2015

"Wonderful recipe. Always easier to make the second time:)"

Aula User ID: 1127835 220688
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015 Edited Feb. 18, 2015

"Wonderful recipe. Always easier to make the second time:)"

Tammith User ID: 8192353 216484
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"This is my 3rd time using this recipe, and they come out fab every time! Perhaps you should stick to baseball."

jmkbcbaseball User ID: 8187634 216222
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"This recipe is horrible tried it twice it doesn't work so save your time and try something else"

mom2lauren User ID: 7407229 80791
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"Made with my 11 year old. Simple enough for her to follow the directions. She gave 2 thumbs up. I didn't try because I can't have gluten but they looked wonderful. She toasted it while warm & topped with cream cheese."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 105600
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."

peacharmadillo User ID: 3329993 49147
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?"

Mike Turner User ID: 1488112 30993
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

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

frogzz User ID: 2160811 31311
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

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

timmyg User ID: 4481762 30992
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."

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 55633
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"Delicious! Made as indicated, only without sesame or poppy seeds. This is my new favorite bagel recipe. I had another one I usually use, but this one is better."

JMDtrouble User ID: 5742098 90333
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"wow I was right, amazing! I will never buy store bought bagels again. I made most of them plain, and they were delicious, but a few of them I put some cheese on top. they turned out wonderful. I was worried because the dough didnt look very nice on the pan after boiling but after they puffed up they were wonderful."

JMDtrouble User ID: 5742098 90332
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"I am in the process of making these right now, waiting for the dough to rise. I have a feeling I will be making them again =)"

ctmom05 User ID: 981118 30989
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"This recipe yields a very tasty bagel. I like them a lot and will certainly be making them again!

Mine didn't look quite as plump as the ones in the picture for this recipe. I wonder if adding some vital wheat gluten would help?"

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