New York Style Bagels at Home

We love bagels at my house. On Sunday mornings before church, I make breakfast sandwiches – egg, cheese, and bacon on a bagel. Yum! We used to buy them from a local coffee shop, but they got a new owner who raised the prices (drastically) and lowered the quality. So I figured out how to make them at home instead. Until this week, I’ve been buying the bagels, but a couple weeks ago there was an article about bagels in the local newspaper, which was accompanied by a recipe. I’d been meaning to try it, but never remembered until it was too late on Saturday night. Well, this week, I remembered on Saturday morning!

So here we go: New York style bagels in 6 basic steps…


Make the dough and knead it for ten minutes. (Recipe to follow)


Let it rise for an hour until doubled in size.




Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls.


Using your finger, create a hole in each dough ball. Let the bagels rest for 10 minutes.


Boil the bagels. This is the step that turns “bagel shaped bread” into bagels.



I hope you enjoy making – and eating – your own bagels as much as I did!

Yield: 8 bagels
Recipe from The Oregonian, Tuesday April 2nd

1 1/4 cup water (more as needed)
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar (I use raw, not granulated, and they turned out fine)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more for kneading (I used 2 1/2 cups King Arthur bread flour and 1 cup generic whole wheat flour)
2 1/4 teaspoon salt
Egg wash (optional)
Various toppings (optional)

In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup warm water. Pour in sugar and yeast but do not stir. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir to dissolve.

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast/sugar mixture.

Add enough of the remaining water (it took about another full cup for me) and mix well to form a moist, firm dough.

On a well floured countertop, knead the dough for about 10 minutes, being generous about working in additional flour. Your finished dough should be firm and stiff.

Lightly brush a large bowl with oil. Add the dough and turn it so it’s coated with oil. Cover and let rise for an hour, until doubled in size. Punch the dough down and let rest for 10 minutes.

Using a bench scraper or knife, divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each into a ball by rolling gently on the countertop.

Coat a finger in flour and gently press your finger into the center of each dough ball to form a ring. Stretch the ring to about a third of the diameter of the bagel and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough balls. Cover bagels and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

*note: use a bigger baking sheet than you think you’ll need in this step to avoid dirtying 2 pans. The bagels grow considerably during the boiling process. Mine was 11×17 which was about perfect.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and heat your oven to 425*. When water is boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Working in batches of 2 to 3 bagels, gently slide into the water. They should float almost immediately. When they do, set the timer for 2 minutes. Turn and boil for 2 additional minutes. Move to a wire rack to drain.

Return to the oiled baking sheet. If you want to add toppings, brush the bagels with an egg wash and add toppings as desired. If not, omit the egg wash. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.



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7 thoughts on “New York Style Bagels at Home

  1. Cindy 04/29/2013 at 10:01 am Reply

    Super fantastic! Thanks for making it look easy enough to give a try. 😀

    • wendy 04/29/2013 at 10:05 am Reply

      My pleasure :). Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting!

  2. Sanz 04/29/2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Oh my delicious! I have been wanting to try homemade bagels. Thanks for the tutorial!

    • wendy 04/30/2013 at 1:30 pm Reply

      I’m glad you’ll be able to use the info!

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  4. DaLynn McCoy (@dalynnrmc) 01/10/2014 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Very cool! I also really want my hubby to start doing a baking project with the kids at least every month. (He is/was/has been a professional baker for 20 years.) Thanks for the recipe! Be blessed!

    • wendy 01/10/2014 at 2:43 pm Reply

      Mm, I bet you have tasty treats often, being married to a professional baker!

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