Homemade Bagels

Homemade Bagels - One Punky Mama

Sometimes you just need a bagel. There’s nothing wrong with buying bagels from coffee chains, but how do you know when they were really baked? The majority of the time making these homemade bagels is hands-off, so you can whip up a batch on a Friday and be in bagel bliss all weekend. Feel free to slather them with butter and cream cheese – we won’t judge.

Homemade Bagels
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  1. 2 cups warm water, about 110 degrees F
  2. 2 (1/4-ounce) packets active dry yeast
  3. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  5. 2 teaspoons salt
  6. 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  1. Combine 4 cups of flour, water, yeast, sugar and salt into bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix until mixture just starts to come together. Gradually add the rest of the flour until a firm dough forms. Dough will be heavy, but not sticky.
  2. Grease a large bowl with the oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down the dough. Divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a ball. Press thumb through the middle of the ball to form a hole, and stretch uniformly into a bagel shape. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Place on a greased surface, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest until risen but not doubled – about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. In batches, add the bagels to the water and boil, turning, for 1 to 2 minutes. Place bagels onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  1. * You can add whatever toppings you desire between the boiling and baking phase.
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  1. Melissa says

    I’ll have to try this out. Thanks for the picture in the water, I was a little confused by it on other recipes I have read.
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    • Nicole Q. says

      No problem. :) I normally don’t add a bunch of step-by-step pictures to my recipes that I post because it annoys me on other sites. Like I don’t know how to pour sugar into flour or something? But I can see how the boiling might be a tad confusing.

  2. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles says

    I’ve never even considered making homemade bagels. You are brave and impressive!!
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  3. melinda says

    Guess what I’m gonna try this weekend!
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  4. Sarah Hughes says

    Oh Oh!! I LOVE bagels!! I have got to try this!!!
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  5. Carrie says

    I’m such a sucker for a great bagel! I just started a gluten free diet but I bet there’s a way to adapt this. Or, make them with my kids so they can enjoy them.

  6. says

    Your bagels look great…you go girl! I have a fear of yeast and usually avoid it - however i am about to tackle it some for flat breads - I will do anything for a yummy flat bread!
    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) recently posted…Grilled Romaine with Avocado-Caesar Dressing

    • Nicole Q. says

      Let me tell you something Colleen — I was afraid of yeast for years and years because all I did was fail. As soon as I switched from supermarket packets and started buying Red Star in a 2lb bag from King Arthur flour - it was like someone flipped a switch. It was just inferior yeast the whole time. I can’t even begin to tell you the difference it makes.

  7. Xandra O'Neill (@WombtoWorld) says

    They look great! I might have to try this - my husband and daughter love bagels and if they love how this recipe turns out, it could be quite a money saver in this house!
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  8. kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS says

    I’m a sucker for a good bagel and could eat a couple in one sitting! it’s a guilty pleasure :)
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  9. Linda @ GGG says

    Wow! Those look REALLY good. Like Colleen, I fear yeast. Must start and give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  10. Lauryn says

    I can’t wait to try this out! My kids love bagels and I am sure they would love homemade ones even more!
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  11. Alicia Figueroa says

    This recipe is sooo getting saved on my bookmarks list. I have been making our food more and more lately because I am sick of all the GMO’s in food now. Just simpler to buy flour and stuff that I know is organic and then do the rest myself!
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  12. carla bonesteel says

    I never thought of making my own bagels, but it’s such an awesome idea! I’m not a very good cook, but I have to try this.

  13. Sandra VanHoey says

    I have never attempted making my own but I have made homemade bread often so I should give this one a try. It doesn’t seem any harder than making bread and we all love bagels

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