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Jun 30, 2022         no comment.

This bagel recipe yields a delicious, buttery and chewy homemade bagels every single time!

New York Style Bagel Recipe | How to make Bagels from scratch | Vegan Recipe | Foodomania

Bagels are such a delightful snack to grab on the go, its no wonderful they’re so popular all over the world, specifically North America and Poland! Originating in the Jewish communities of Poland, a bagel is a bread product made with a yeasted dough, which gets its popular chewy texture because of how it is cooked – first boiled, and then baked.

The traditional bagels usually have a sesame seeds or poppy seeds topping, and baked until chewy. They can also be topped off with the Everything Bagel seasoning; which is just a combination of a bunch of seeds and spices. Once they’re boiled, then baked, they’re then toasted & served with some cream cheese for a breadilicious experience!

A homemade bagel is a labor of love, and in a time and age when consumerism is at its peak, few people would want to go through the long process of making it at home. I live close to a bakery, and frankly, I don’t need to wait too long for a fresh piece of a bagel. But if you only have access to the packaged kind, let me urge you to make a fresh baked kind! There’s nothing quite as amazing as a freshly baked bagel!

How to make a Bagel at home?

It isn’t difficult to make bagels at home, just time consuming. You start by making a soft & elastic dough with bread flour, yeast, salt, sugar & warm water. Pretty standard ingredients – that you use for any basic pizza dough. Once the dough has had a chance to rise and double in volume, divide it into equal portions, roll into rings & let them rise again. At this point, you can go ahead, add your favorite toppings, and cook them.

If you wanna prep them ahead of time, just let the dough rise once, then cover with a plastic wrap & let them rest in the refrigerator overnight. Be sure to make your bagels within a day though.

What flour do you use to make Bagels?

Bread Flour Is the Secret to the Most Delicious, Fresh and Chewiest Bagels

I recommend using a 100% bread flour for best results. Bread flour contains high protein content, which is necessary for the chewy texture. Bagels have a denser, chewier texture, unlike cinnamon rolls. And a bread flour is your best way to make the most authentic bagel. I wish I could tell you there are alternatives, but bread flour is the only known way to make them taste like bagels!

Why do you boil a bagel before baking?

The reason we boil the bagels first before baking them is so that the crust on the outside sets before it goes in the oven. So typically, we let the dough balls boil for a minute seconds on each side, and then drain it out & place on the baking mat. The longer you let them boil, the thicker and chewier is the crust. Since they’re boiled, they wont rise as much in the oven.

What can you put on a bagel?

Once you’re bagels are boiled & then placed on a baking mat, go ahead and brush with an eggwash, melted butter or simply, olive oil. This is where you can get creative. The most common toppings are sesame or poppy seeds or everything bagel seasoning. But you can add whatever you like, as long as they can stick onto the crust before baking.

New York Style Bagel Recipe | How to make Bagels from scratch | Vegan Recipe | Foodomania

How is Bagel different from Bread?

The most common difference between a bagel and a bread is in the method of cooking. The additional hydration (boiling) changes the crust and texture of the bagel, making it denser than the regular fluffy white bread. While a bread is soft, a bagel is expected to be chewy. And then of course, there’s the difference in shape! Bagels are usually round with a hole in the middle, much like donuts. And breads are shaped like loaves (not necessarily, but normally).

Are Bagels Vegan?

Basic bagels are vegan, consisting of flour, water, yeast, salt, and sugar. You don’t necessarily need the egg-wash, for olive oil or melted vegan butter also gives it a beautiful crust. That said, you can customize the bagels to add on any toppings of your choice. So you can use vegan or non-vegan toppings including seasonings, cheeses and more. But generally, vegans can eat most bagels, as most of them are dairy-free.

What are Bagels served with?

The best and most common topping for a bagel is a schmear of fresh cream cheese! And it doesn’t have to be plain old cream cheese. There are all kinds of cream cheese variations available these days. Use any flavor you love. But besides cream cheese, here are some bagel topping ideas for you:

  • Cream Cheese (any kind!)
  • Cheese & Butter
  • Sliced Cucumbers
  • Sliced Tomatoes & Onions
  • Pickles
  • Avocados
  • Arugula, Kale or Lettuce
  • Jams & Honey
  • Bacon, salmon etc.

Okay. Now that we’re gone over the basics, here’s a recipe video on homemade bagels –

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New York Style Bagel Recipe | How to make Bagels from scratch | Vegan Recipe | Foodomania

New-York Style Bagels


  • Author: Kavitha Ramaswamy
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 large bagels 1x

Description

This bagel recipe yields a delicious, buttery and chewy homemade bagels every single time!


Scale

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1 1/4 cup Warm Water
  • 1 TBsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups Bread Flour*
  • Neutral Oil, to grease the dough

Other Ingredients:

  • Large pot of boiling water (to boil the bagels)
  • Oil or melted butter, to brush the bagels
  • Topping options: Sesame Seeds, poppy seeds or everything bagel seasoning

To serve: Fresh cream cheese or anything you like!

*Bread flour: We highly recommend bread flour, which has a higher protein content & makes the bagels chewy. You 


Instructions

Dough:

  • In a large bowl (preferably in a standing mixer), add warm water, sugar & let it dissolve
  • Add the yeast and let it sit for a minute
  • Then add the flour, salt & mix until the mixture comes together
  • Use the electric mixer or knead by hand until the dough comes together into a smooth & soft dough. It should take 8-12 minutes.
  • Brush the dough with some oil. Cover with a moist cloth or lid.
  • Let it rest for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in volume.

Shaping the bagels:

  • Punch the dough down, divide into 8 or 10 equal portions. Roll into neat balls.
  • Take each ball of dough, make a hole with your index finger & use the fingers to make the hole bigger. (refer to the video). For a quicker way, just use a donut press.
  • Place on a baking sheet, cover loosely & let it rest in warm spot for 20 minutes

Water Bath:

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  • Add the bagel one by one, let it boil for 30-60 seconds on each sides. The longer you boil, the chewier the bagel gets.
  • Drain the bagels and add to the baking pan.

Adding the Toppings & Baking:

  • Brush with olive oil or melted butter.
  • Sprinkle your favorite seasoning (sesame seeds, poppy seeds, everything bagel etc) and a pinch of sea salt.
  • Bake in a 400F / 200C preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Let the bagels cool a bit, slice & serve with you favorite condiment!

Notes

Making the dough previous night:

  • If you wanna make the dough the previous night, just cover & place in the refrigerator & allow it to rise in the fridge slowly overnight
  • Then shape & follow the same steps

What can you serve the bagels with?

  • Cream Cheese (any kind!)
  • Cheese & Butter
  • Sliced Cucumbers
  • Sliced Tomatoes & Onions
  • Pickles
  • Avocados
  • Arugula, Kale or Lettuce
  • Jams & Honey
  • Bacon, salmon etc.
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American, Jewish

Keywords: bagels, how to make a bagel. new york style bagels, chewy bagel recipe

New York Style Bagel Recipe | How to make Bagels from scratch | Vegan Recipe | Foodomania

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