I always wanted to make my own bagels, so I searched to find a recipe I could try. For variation and flavor, I sometimes add cinnamon and raisins or honey and sesame seeds to the dough.

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Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the butter, sugar, salt and egg yolk; mix well. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Shape into 12 balls. Push thumb through centers to form a 1-in. hole. Place on a floured surface. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes; flatten. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Drop bagels, one at a time, into boiling water. When bagels float to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon and place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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Nutrition Facts

202 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 33.3g; fat 5.1g; cholesterol 29.3mg; sodium 201.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (135)

Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2010
6-Star Bagels, 4-Star Recipe ** Sharing Some Tips -- Read for First Time Users ** It made amazing bagels, the only problem was they weren't amazingly presentable. Here's some little tips to fill in the gaps that the recipe leaves. - in a small bowl, microwave milk for 1:40mins, then add to yeast in your larger, mixing bowl. - dissolve the butter in the milk while its still warm, just my stirring it around. - lightly whip up the yolk (just enough to break it, and it's sac) before adding to bowl. - knead it really well ('over-knead' if you have to). - when leaving the dough to sit, cover the bowl (tin-foil or plastic wrap) and put it in your still-warm microwave to sit. - you could shape it into 12 balls, but I suspect you'd end up with mini-donut-sized bagels. 9 worked okay for me, but they were still very small. SO, unless your dough rose really, really well, I'd make about 6: this would make a usual-sized bagel. - when making the holes, poke your finger through each, but then repeat and stratch the holes to about 1.5in. When baking, the holes will close in anyway, so a larger hole now ensures you'll still have one when baked. - I didn't flatten them once they were shaped, I don't know how this affects them. - I boiled about three at a time, but remember to give them a poke as they will sometimes stick to the bottom of the pan. - line sheets with tin-foil, it bakes more evenly. - for soft bagels: bake about 15-18min, crusty ones about 20+min. Good luck. Yummm.. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2008
Easy, chewy, and taste great! Did not make any changes to the recipe, only in the directions. (A little trick) I let the bread rise in my microwave after I boiled some water in it for 2 min. for some heat, then left the bread in the microwave for a warm place. Boil the bagels with 1 Tbsp. of molasses in the water for 1 min. on each side. Make sure you grease your cookie sheet or they will stick to the pan. I also brushed my plain bagels with the egg whites left over from the egg yolk with alittle milk. First timer in making bagels and turned out great, my boyfriend and I both loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2007
I ended up making a few variations and creating an apple cinnamon bagel. I followed the directions for ingredients, only I added 1 cup of shredded apples and and extra 1/2 cup of flour. I did not punch a hole all the way through the bagels, but made a "well" in the center. After boiling the bagels I added a dollop of a cinnamon topping to the center well. The ingredients for the topping are as follows: 3 Tbl.softened butter, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tsp. corn starch and 2-3 tsp. cinnamon. I also had a yield of 8 bagels that were a bit bigger than the 12 the recipe called for. They came out very tasty. No need for cream cheese with this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2008
I have made these several times and they always turn out great. I would suggest making the holes bigger and flatten them more. I also made a batch using 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup of oats, and honey. Also made a batch adding cinnamon and raisins. These always turn out great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2008
This was my first batch of bagels. When I dropped them into the boiling water, they immediately floated up, so I didn't know how long should they stay in the water. I let them sit in the water until they increased by about 50%, then flipped them and then placed them on the greased backing sheet. We had them for breakfast and they tasted like crispy homemade bread toast (which is good) but not like bagels. Maybe if I add stuff, like flavorings like onion/garlic powder or cinnamon & raison, it would taste more like a bagel? I will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2009
suggest making 8 bagels instead of 12 Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2008
I wanted to use my tried and true bagel recipe from this site (bread machine bagels), but I lost my printed copy. I got on here to find it and decided to try a different bagel recipe. So many to choose from, alot of bagel recipes on this site! Anyway, I halved the recipe (except for the egg yolk) and only got 4 bagels out of this recipe. I cheated a little and used my bread machine to mix the dough. I do like the Bread Machine Bagels a bit better, thanks for letting me try different a recipe! The dough had a really nice consistency to work with. Not too sure about using an egg yolk in bagels...the texture was not as dense as I would have liked. My son loved them, however, but I think I will stick with the BMB on this site! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2008
these were easy, and the best bagels i've ever had. i added cinnmon and raisins, otherwise nothing changed. yumm Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2008
This was my first attempt at making bagels and they turned out really well! I did not need to bake them for the full 20 minutes, so I'm glad I kept an eye on them during the baking process. Very easy. :) Thanks! Read More
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