new york bagels

Assorted NY Bagels

#breadmakingseries Beat morning blues with freshly baked, aromatic bagels made from scratch with my easy peasy recipe. I have made many breads before but was fascinated with the technique of bagel making in cafes and food trucks. Bagels are prepared with a high gluten flour (like bread flour) and is boiled before baking. This method of preparation gives bagels their unique flavor and chewy texture – perfect for a breakfast meal ! I smeared some cream cheese and finally topped them with sun-dried tomatoes marinated in olive oil. It was a match made in heaven! Do try out my recipe and don’t forget to tag us on instagram!


For the dough:

  • Bread flour (enriched, unbleached wheat flour) OR All purpose flour (maida) – 3 cups 
  • Warm water – 1 cup 
  • Active dry yeast or rapid rise yeast – 2 ½ teaspoons 
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon 
  • Salt – 1 ½ teaspoons 
  • Oil to coat 

For the water bath:

  • 4 cups water 
  • Brown sugar or honey – 1 teaspoon

Assorted Topping

  • Egg wash – 1 egg + 2 tablespoons milk, whisked 
  • White & black Sesame seeds 
  • Black poppy seeds 
  • Nigella seeds 
  • Minced garlic+red chilli flakes+cheese 
  • Shredded cheese 
  • Cinnamon sugar – 1 tsp ground cinnamon + 2 tsp brown sugar

Instructions :

  • To begin making the dough, whisk together dry yeast, sugar, flour & salt in a large bowl. Gradually add warm water and knead well for 5 minutes until it forms a smooth dough. (This is a quick method and you don’t have to activate the yeast beforehand). Transfer to a smooth board dusted with flour and knead the dough by stretching the dough and folding it in. this helps with the elasticity of the dough. 
  • Transfer the dough to a well oiled bowl, cover and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Once it doubles in size, punch out the gas and knead again for a minute. 
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and roll into smooth balls. Use your index finger to make a hole into the center of each ball of dough. Cover the prepared dough with a damp towel and let it rest for 10 minutes. 
  • As the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F(200 degrees C) and get the water boiling on the stovetop for the water bath in a large boiling pan. 
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper (butter paper)
  • Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add brown sugar or honey and drop the dough into the water. Let it boil for a minute as it doubles in size and floats on top.
  • Place them on the baking tray. Prepare the egg wash and gently brush it on the dough, covering the corners too. 
  • You can add your favorite toppings to the dough. The egg wash will help the toppings stick to the dough.  Plain bagel – sprinkle coarse sea salt ; Sesame bagel : sprinkle both white and black sesame seeds; Cinnamon sugar bagel : in a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and brown sugar and sprinkle over the dough; Garlic chili cheese bagel : Top the bagel with a few cloves of minced garlic, dried red chili flakes and shredded cheese. Cheese bagel: Top with a combination of cheddar cheese , Swiss cheese & pepper jack cheese for extra flavor. Poppy seed bagel: sprinkle white and black poppy seeds over the dough. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Cover the bagels with a towel and Let it cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy with cream cheese and any toppings of choice!
assorted bagels

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