Bagel Recipes

Simple Bagels recipe

Simple bagels done right—it takes a bit of effort to make them the first time, but it’s easier every time thereafter. And the end result is so very worth the time.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 packets active yeast
  • 1 gallon plus 1 ½ cups warm water, divided
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Directions:

1) Combine 1 ½ cups flour and yeast in a large bowl. Combine 1 ½ cups water, 3 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium bowl; pour over flour mixture.

2) Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes on high speed.

3) Add remaining flour to mixture; stir gently to mix. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

4) Knead dough 10 minutes, until stiff and elastic. Place in a large greased bowl; cover and allow to rest 15 minutes.

5) Cut dough into 12 pieces; shape into smooth balls. Punch a hole in the middle of each with a floured finger. Pull gently to enlarge hole to about 2 inches. Transfer to a greased baking sheet; cover and allow to rise 20 minutes.

6) Preheat broiler. Bring remaining gallon water and 1 tablespoon sugar to a boil in a large pot over high heat; reduce to a simmer.

7) Place bagels under broiler and cook 90 seconds on each side. Reduce oven temperature to 400°F. Transfer to simmering water in batches of 5; cook 8 minutes and remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining bagels.

8) Place drained bagels on greased baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes, until golden. Cool and serve.

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Reviews and Comments:

Simple Bagels Review by Angie on October 28th, 2012:

The 8 minute boil is a major TYPO. Has to be about 1 minute or else it will be completely water logged. I also decreased the Kosher salt to 3/4tbsp after the first batch was a bit too salty. With the above changes, these are great bagels.

Simple Bagels Review by Sarah on July 26th, 2012:

We roasted garlic and mixed it into the bagel dough to add more flavor and they turned out delicious!

Simple Bagels Review by Nancymargaret on May 1st, 2012:

Simmering 8 minutes is a TYPO! Tried with my very first batch, totally water logged. Should read 1 minute! Otherwise, yummy, LOL.

Simple Bagels Review by Amirtham on March 28th, 2012:

Tried making bagels for the first time. The family loved them.

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Simple Bagels Review by Katherine on February 9th, 2012:

I've never made bagels before, but these turned out wonderfully! I ended up making the dough in a bread maker, but they were still delicious.

Simple Bagels Review by Colleen on December 8th, 2011:

Came out great on first try! Wonderful to not to have to load up suitcases with bagels on every trip home from US or UK! Enjoy!

Simple Bagels Review by Nikki on September 5th, 2011:

I made many a bagel and wasn't much of a fan. They were always just blah. Till I found a recipe that calls for broiling for a short time prior to boiling! Wow! That made ALL the different in the world! Excellent bagels!

Simple Bagels Review by Bob on June 27th, 2011:

Simple, but nice.

Conversions
4 ½ cupsabout 1065ml (1064.655 mililitres based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
1 ½ cupsabout 355ml (354.885 mililitres based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)

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Published: July 19, 2007
Average rating of 4.50 stars based on 8 reviews.
Summary: Simple bagels done right—it takes a bit of effort to make them the first time, but it’s easier every time thereafter. And the end result is so very worth the time.
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