Real Homemade Bagels


A delicious bagel recipe for that authentic bagel flavor and texture.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
6 bagels



  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 4 ½ cups bread flour

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast

  • 4 quarts water

  • 1 cup honey (Optional)


  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt (Optional)


  1. Make bagels: Combine water, flour, sugar, salt, vegetable oil, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Mix on low speed until dough is well-developed, about 8 minutes. To ensure the gluten has developed fully, cut off a walnut-sized piece of dough. Flour your fingers, and then stretch the dough: if it tears immediately, the dough needs more kneading. Fully developed dough should form a thin translucent "windowpane."

  2. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel, and let rise for 2 hours.

  3. Punch dough down, place it on a lightly floured work surface, and use a knife or dough scraper to divide the dough into 6 pieces (or more, for smaller bagels). Roll each piece of dough into a sausage shape about 6 inches long. Join the ends to form a circle. Repeat with the remaining dough, and let the bagels rest for 15 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange small plates with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and onion flakes next to the baking sheet.

  5. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add honey, if desired (see Editor's Note). Boil three bagels at a time, until they rise to the surface of the pot, about 1 minute per side. Remove bagels with a slotted spoon and place them on the lined baking sheet.

  6. Dip the tops of the wet bagels into the toppings and arrange them, seed-side up, on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired. Bake in the preheated oven until the bagels begin to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

    Real Homemade Bagels
    Elizabeth Tadie

Editor's Note:

Adding honey or barley malt syrup to the boiling water bath gives the bagels a pleasing chewy texture with a hint of sweetness. You may omit the honey if desired. The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of honey. The actual amount of honey consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
7g Fat
56g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 1372mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 54g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 129mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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