Pumpernickel Bagels


These pumpernickel bagels can be made at home with hearty dark rye flour. Cocoa, coffee, and caraway seeds make these taste so good!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs


  • 1 ¼ cups warm water

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1 cup rye flour

  • ½ cup molasses

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 gallon water


  1. Combine warm water, whole-wheat flour, and yeast in a small bowl. Let stand until the yeast softens and begins to froth and bubble, about 10 minutes.

  2. Mix rye flour, molasses, cocoa powder, vegetable oil, coffee granules, caraway seeds, and salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and all-purpose flour. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Grease a large bowl.

  3. Transfer dough to greased bowl; cover with a warm damp towel or plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  5. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Divide dough into 13 pieces; shape into balls. Press a hole into the center of each dough ball; pull dough to form a 1-inch hole in the center, keeping dough about 1/2-inch thick. Drop dough circles into boiling water, 3 or 4 at a time. Boil each side for 45 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain for about 1 minute. Arrange boiled bagels on the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Bake bagels in the preheated oven until just starting to brown on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

160 Calories
2g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 13
Calories 160
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 285mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 350mg 7%

* 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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