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A recipe for Bagels inspired by our visit to New York City!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bagel, bread, New York City, United States
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 Bagels


  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water 105-115˚F, divided
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon malt syrup

For boiling:

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons malt syrup


  • Poppy seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Everything Bagel Spice


  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over 1/2 cup of the lukewarm water. Stir and allow to sit until frothy, 5-10 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Mix in the frothy yeast and malt syrup. Slowly add the remaining water to form a dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Transfer to a greased large bowl, turning to coat, and cover. Allow to rest in a warm place until doubled, 1-2 hours.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment or grease. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Form one piece into a smooth ball, tucking the edges under and pinching to seal. Poke a hole in the center and evenly stretch until the hole is about 1 inch wide. Place on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining pieces. Cover lightly with towels and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425˚F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the baking soda and malt syrup. Gently add the bagels to the water in batches (I boiled 2 at a time) and boil for 1-2 minutes, then flip and boil the other side for another 1-2 minutes. Use a large slotted spoon or spatula to transfer the bagels to the baking sheet and immediately add desired toppings. Repeat with remaining bagels, separating them about 2 inches on the baking sheets.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden, 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before slicing and serving with desired accompaniments.