Homemade Bagel Recipe – Chewy & Flavorful

This homemade bagel recipe guides you through creating chewy and perfectly browned bagels, ideal for breakfast or any meal.
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An assortment of flavorful bagels, including plain, sesame, and poppy seed varieties, are arranged on a white cloth, viewed from above.

Homemade Bagel Recipe – Chewy & Flavorful

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Enjoy a classic breakfast staple with a simple homemade bagel recipe. Soft and chewy, these bagels are perfect with cream cheese, butter, or any of your favorite toppings.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Meal Type Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 bagels
Calories 249 kcal
Difficulty Medium
Ingredient Cost $3
Shopping Cost$23

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Large pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Oven

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 ½ cups water warm
  • 2 tablespoons honey for boiling water
  • sesame seeds (Toppings) or poppy seeds, or everything bagel seasoning (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine bread flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Gradually add warm water, mixing until a dough forms.
    4 cups bread flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 tablespoon instant yeast, 1 1/2 cups water
  • Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add honey.
    2 tablespoons honey
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and poke a hole in the center to form a bagel shape.
  • Boil each bagel for 1 minute on each side, then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Add toppings if desired, then bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
    sesame seeds

Notes

Experiment with different toppings or add-ins like raisins or blueberries.
Boiling the bagels in honey water gives them a slightly sweet crust.

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 8gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 585mgPotassium: 70mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Bagel, Breakfast, Comfort Food, Homemade, Simple Recipe

Ingredient Costs: Cost of Recipe by Ingredient Measurements

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