Home-made Bagels

Hey guys,

BBC Good food struck again a couple of weekends ago. I was in the mood to bake and if I’m honest, I’m sick of making sweat food and knocking my diet off plan, so still being naughty but without all the sugar. When I’m in this type of mood I normally end up baking bread or scones, but to jazz things up a little bit I made some bagels!

And they are soooooooo much easier than what I thought they would be. I just had to share it with you… Here is what you need and what to do…..


  • 1 sachet of Dried Yeast
  • 450g Plain or Strong Bread Flour
  • 2tsp Salt
  • 4tbsp Sugar
  • filling of your choice (I used a 4 seed mix)

What to do:-

  • Tip your sachet of yeast and 1tsp of sugar into a bowl and add 100ml of warm water, leave to one side until it starts to froth.
  • In the same bowl add another 200ml of warm water, the salt, flour and filling if you want it in the bagel and not just on top. When the dough starts to come together it’s time to get your hands messy and get them in the mixture. Tip onto a floured surface and knead the dough until it’s lovely and smooth.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place in greased bowl and cover with some greased cling film. Leave in a warm place until doubled in size (roughly 1 hour). I usually put it in the grill part above the oven (grill switched off obviously) while the oven is heating up for the next step, you will need it on Gas Mark 7.
  • Gently knock the air out of the dough and divide it into 10 balls.
  • On a floured surface take the balls 1 by 1 and make a hole in the centre, take a utensil (i used the handle of a butter knife) and twirl the ball until you are happy with the size of the hole in your bagel.
  • Once you are happy with how your bagels look, get a large pan and fill it with water and the remaining sugar. Bring to a boil. Then place a bagel or 2 at a time in the water and let them cook for 1 minute per side.
  • Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place on a lined baking tray, while the dough is still tacky sprinkle any extra flavour/seeds on top.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and the bagels sound hollow when you tap them.

And that is it, can you believe that bagels are that easy to make? They will definitely be getting made again during Autumn/Winter. If you ever have something you want to make I would go to BBC Good Food first, there recipes have never failed me so far and are nice and easy to follow.


Kathleen xox

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