Easy New York Bakery-Style Bagel Recipe

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Beautiful Homemade Bakery-Style Bagels

Beautiful Homemade Bakery-Style Bagels

Make New York Bakery-Style Bagels at Home

This recipe has no fancy rolling or forming techniques but produces a bagel as pretty and tasty as you would buy at any good bakery! Making good-quality bagels has long eluded many a home cook—until now. This recipe is very easy, and it yields the lovely texture and high-quality flavor that many miss when poaching and baking bagels at home; the outside is crispy, while the inside is soft, yet it still has that "toothy" quality all truly good bagels must offer.

This is my favorite bagel recipe, which offers a very light caraway seed (rye) flavor. I also usually sprinkle ½ teaspoon of the caraway seed on top of each egg-washed bagel before baking them. If that doesn't appeal to you, you can eliminate the caraway and basil. However, for a real bakery-style "plain" bagel, leave in the garlic and onion powder.

Add a schmear of cream cheese and paper-thin slices of smoked salmon, and this homemade bagel becomes a perfect traditional snack. This recipe is as simple as simple can be, with results even my Jewish grandmother couldn't argue with (but be sure, she would totally find something else to complain about).

Warning: After making this recipe, you may never want to buy a bagel again!

Ingredients for homemade bakery-style bagels

Ingredients for homemade bakery-style bagels

Ingredients (Makes 18 Bagels)

  • 2 packages rapid rise highly active dry yeast (this eliminates the need for a second rise)
  • 2 cups warm water, about 120°F to 130°F
  • 5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
  • 3 to 4 quarts water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup cormeal, for sprinkling on baking sheets
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten with 1 tbsp cool water
  • 1 tbsp dried basil (optional)
  • 1 tbsp whole caraway seeds (optional)

Bagel Flavor Options

  • Onion: For a very onion-flavored bagel, add ¾ cup instant toasted onion to the yeast mixture along with the sugar and salt.
  • Poppy or Sesame Seed: Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of poppy seeds or sesame seeds on each egg-washed bagel before baking them.
  • Salt: Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon coarse salt on each egg-washed bagel before baking them.

Step 1: Make the Dough

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the salt and 3 tablespoons of the sugar.
  3. Gradually mix in 4 cups of the flour.
  4. Beat well until it becomes a smooth batter.
  5. Mix in about 1¼ cups more flour to make the dough quite stiff.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic (10 to 20 minutes), adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. This dough should be firmer than with most other yeast breads.
  7. Turn the dough over in an oiled bowl, and make sure it is fully coated in oil.
  8. Cover and let rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size (about 45 minutes).

Step 2: Shape the Dough

Once the dough rises, it's time to shape it! You'll find no impossibly fancy rolling techniques here—just the simplest way to make your dough into a lovely bagel for boiling and baking.

  1. Once the dough is ready, punch it down and knead it briefly on a lightly floured surface to release the air.
  2. Divide the dough into 18 equal pieces.
  3. Knead each piece, forming it into a smooth ball.
  4. Holding the ball with both hands, poke your thumbs through the center. With one thumb in the hole, work around the perimeter and shape it like a doughnut 2½ to 3 inches across.
  5. Place the formed bagels on a lightly floured board, cover lightly, and let stand in a warm place until you've finished shaping all the dough.

Note: there is no need for a second rise when using the highly active rapid rise yeast.

This is the secret bakers don't want you to know! By adding sugar and honey to the poaching liquid for homemade bagels, you create a crisper and slightly sweet crust during the baking process.

This is the secret bakers don't want you to know! By adding sugar and honey to the poaching liquid for homemade bagels, you create a crisper and slightly sweet crust during the baking process.

Step 3: Boil and Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Bring water-sugar-honey mixture to a boil in a five-quart pan; adjust heat to keep it boiling gently.
  3. Lightly grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal or place a piece of parchment paper on the baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal.
  4. Gently lift one bagel at a time and drop it into the poaching water. You can boil anywhere from three to five at a time depending on the size of your pot.*
  5. Turn each one over every 30 seconds, and boil for a total of 6 minutes.
  6. Lift the bagels out one at a time with a slotted spatula (I use a rubber fish spatula because of its broad size and long slots), and drain on a clean towel for about 10 seconds (no longer, or they will stick to the cloth).
  7. Pat the top of each bagel dry with the corner of the same towel, then place it on the baking sheet.
  8. Brush each bagel with the egg yolk mixture.
  9. Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until well browned and crusty.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.

*Note: make sure the pot is large enough for the bagels to move freely, with water touching all sides of each bagel. They should not touch each other during the boiling process for any extended length of time, though some bumping is expected.

Time to Enjoy!

Now that your bagels are boiled, baked, and cooled, slather on cream cheese, preserves, peanut butter, or anything else you're craving, and dig in!

Cream cheese on a warm, freshly baked (by you) New York-Style bagel just can't be beat!

Cream cheese on a warm, freshly baked (by you) New York-Style bagel just can't be beat!

How to Store Your Freshly Baked Bagels

We place ours in a zip-top bag and keep them in the refrigerator for up to five days; they stay very tasty this way, but you need to make sure they have cooled completely before putting them in the plastic bag, or they can get a little mushy from the condensation. We then freeze a few in an airtight, sealed bag; these will last up to six months. Just defrost them, slice them, and pop them in the toaster or under the broiler and eat as you would any fresh bagel.

How Long Does It Take to Make Bagels?

StepApprox. Time

Making yeast mixture 

4 minutes

Mix flour and yeast to batter stage

3 minutes

Mix dough to stiff stage

3 to 4 minutes

Turn out and knead dough 

15 to 20 minutes

Rise dough until doubled in size

40 to 45 minutes

Punch down dough after rise & knead lightly

3 minutes

Cut into 18 even pieces

2 minutes

Form 18 pieces into individual balls

5 minutes

Shape 18 pieces into bagels

9 minutes

Boil bagels 3 at a time for 6 minutes

36 minutes (you can increase batch size as long as the pot has room to add the extra bagels)

Drain each bagel for 10 seconds

3 minutes

Brush each with egg wash

2 minutes

Bake two batches of 9

50 minutes to 1 hour

Cool on rack

15 minutes


About 1.5 to 3 hours including rising, boil, and cook times. The broad time variance is due to increase in the boil and bake batch sizes. Baking all 18 in one batch cuts bake time by half. Boiling more than three bagels at a time reduces this timeline as well.

Please Comment!

Liza from USA on December 20, 2019:

I have never made bagel yet at home. I always wonder what is the perfect recipe to make a bagel, and I think I have found it. The photo illustration looks fabulous! I definitely will try to make bagels at home. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

Jennifer C on January 29, 2019:

These look really good. I love my bagels. Never thought of trying to make them myself.

Robin Carretti from Hightstown on February 22, 2018:

Wow, just yummy a bagel there and here its all in the love dough mixing I grew up with bagels from Brooklyn. I know all of them so well Thanks so much for all this info

Stephanie Henkel from USA on October 22, 2015:

I love bagels, but recipes I've tried before have not produced exactly what I wanted. Your instructions and recipe are just enough different that I think I see the problems in my old method. Can't wait to try this...love bagels and a schmear!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 10, 2011:

Bobri Dobri~ Thrilled that you like this picture recipe. It has been my experience that people will avoid making homemade Bagels because they fear the difficulty level. This recipe is proof that they are very easy to make; and they taste just as amazing as they look! Thank you for sharing your thoughts here today.



Bobri Dobri from Oklahoma on October 09, 2011:

Amazing recipe and amazing photos! Rated up & awesome. I have never thought about making bagels at home. But now I should give it a try! I love bagels with raisins and peanut oil!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 25, 2011:

KoffeeKlatch Gals~ Nice to see you today! I think you will be pleasantly surprised at just how easy this recipe is going to be for you. No fancy techniques, just good old home-style cookery, resulting in a beautifully textured bakery-style bagel! Thanks for playing along KKG!



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 25, 2011:

Eiddwen~ Glad to hear you are going to give the recipe a go! I can't wait to hear how great your bagels turn out! Thank you so much for landing here and grabbing a few homemade bagel tips!



Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on September 25, 2011:

This sounds like a bagel recipe I can manage. I tried to make bagels a few years ago - they turned out so bad I haven't tried to make any since.

Eiddwen from Wales on September 24, 2011:

I also love bagels and this hub is a must for bookmarking.

I'lllet you know how I get on with them.

Take care


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 23, 2011:

felicitylovespari~ This truly is a wonderful bagel recipe that is very easy to manage. You won't be disappointed one bit with the outcome.

Thank you for stopping by.



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 23, 2011:

DzyMsLzzy~ You know, I haven't tried making it in a bread machine; I don't see why it wouldn't work. The important thing is to make sure the dough is stiffer than most other bread dough, so some kneading may be required after the initial machine round. I understand the counter surfing kitty dilemma, anything to usurp authority! I sure appreciate your comments here today, I hope if you get around to trying the recipe that it goes wonderfully smooth for you!

Big HubHugs Lizzy~


Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 23, 2011:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

I went through a "phase" where I had bagels for breakfast almost every day, and sometimes for lunch. I got burned out on them, and haven't had any for years.

Your recipe makes me think it's time to try bagels again!

However, I'm more of a sweet-tooth person, so I'd probably alter the spices to a cinnamon-raisin scenario, with plain cream cheese. ;-)

I wonder if this would work in my bread machine on the dough setting? The only problem I would see with the rising time is our mischievous cats, who sometimes get caught "counter-surfing." >:-(

I'm bookmarking this recipe for future reference! Good job, and great pictures. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome!

felicitylovespari on September 23, 2011:

I am honestly going to try this. Your bagels look delicious.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 23, 2011:

Wordscribe43 and bennyliu~ Glad the recipe brings with it the craving for a great bagel! I totally agree WS43, a bagel needs some firmness and toothy texture to be truly considered something special. I hope you enjoy yours! Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your support!



Elsie Nelson from Pacific Northwest, USA on September 22, 2011:

Oh, wow... it's not as hard as I would have thought. I love ALL baking, so I'm going to give this a shot. I'm getting so sick of the flimsy, very unbagel-like bagels I'm finding of late. I want some bulk and texture in mine.

Congrats on hub of the day. Man, this made me hungry. :)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 22, 2011:

Elissa Joyce, jloeding, Marie-Renee,& ComfortB~ Thank you for your comments! I love those NY bagels I recall from years ago, and a little spread of peanut butter makes them an outstanding snack. The ease of the recipe is the key to its beauty! Simply yummy!

I appreciate each of you very much.



Elissa Joyce from US on September 22, 2011:

Congratulation @K9keystrokes

Really nicely created and amazing Hub, Voted up

jloeding from Lafayette, LA on September 22, 2011:

I love bagels with peanut butter, but I had never thought of making my own. I will now after reading your explicitly described recipe.

Congratulations of Hub of the day.

Renee on September 22, 2011:

love your hub, very nicely done to think that its an instructional hub. you make it all so seem very simple and easy to do and got a hankering to do it as soon as I can...i never really thought it was that easy or maybe it's because you not only have the step by step instructions but you also included awesome pictures with it...cant wait to try it myself. voted it up!

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on September 22, 2011:

Congrats on the hub of the day award! Great hub on homemade bagel. I love bagel and so does my daughter. Its one thing that I got hooked on when I lived in New York, now we eat bagels at least 2x a week. I'm going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 22, 2011:

Chatkath~ Loved hearing you found the recipe easy to follow and that you have some tasty bagels to show for it! You always remind me just why I write here on HubPages, the community of beautiful authors. Thank you for your support and such kind words. I would be hard pressed to find a better group to hang with! And ChatKath, you are at the top of the list my friend!

HubHugs for days~


Kathy from California on September 22, 2011:

Definitely a Hub of the Day K9, or maybe-of the Year! I had a craving for bagels this morning and came in to find your hub, easy to follow and beautifully illustrated as always - I just knew that with your guidance, the bagels would be a success AND they were! Thank you for sharing this incredible recipe with instructions that even I can follow! Rated up & pushed all the buttons! Good Job.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 22, 2011:

Well Hello Gordon! Once again you make my day by stopping over for a read. Thank you for the congrats on the hub.

I can only imagine how wonderful those Austrian Bagels with that Scottish smoked salmon must have been. Just the thought makes my mouth water! What a beautiful memory to share and thank YOU for offering it to us here. BTW, I am still on board, making time in the next week or so. I look forward to it!

Huge HubHugs my Friend~


Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on September 22, 2011:

K9 - Congratulations!

Fabulous Hub and instructions. This is what I call quality photographic education! :)

I have never tried making anything like this - yet! - but I will never forget my first experience of bagels. I was in Austria, I think, and they were on the breakfast table one morning. I had never heard of them before but I had a bagel with creamed cheese and Scottish smoked salmon. It was delicious!

Thanks for an excellent idea and a pleasant memory! :)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 22, 2011:

Landocheese~ I forbid you to crash and burn while making this bagel recipe! I am fully confidence that this recipe is easy enough that even the thought of crashing can be overcome! let me know how it all turn out for you.

Jean2011 and Eloise Hope~ Thank you for your comments and the high praise, it is very welcome! For bagel lover everywhere this easy homemade take should prove to be well worth the effort! Many thanks.



landocheese on September 22, 2011:

Excellent article. I have crashed and burned on bagels at home before. I'm going to try again now.

jean2011 from Canada on September 22, 2011:

Bagel and cream cheese is one of my favourite snacks. Now I can make my own! Hooray to k9keystrokes. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have voted this hub up and interesting.

Eloise Hope from Portland, Oregon, USA on September 22, 2011:

What a great hub! I love to bake, and have made lots of things, yeast breads included, but never bagels! They seemed - mysterious. Your clear text and fantastic, abundant photos are enough to sway me into action! I'm going to try it! Thank you!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 22, 2011:

Stephanie~ Awesome! I am grinning from ear to ear about this. Thanks for sharing your homemade bagel results with us! I just can't tell ya how fun it is to hear that you have found the recipe yummy! Enjoy those warm little dough delights!



Stephanie Henkel from USA on September 22, 2011:

P.S. I had to try this recipe today, and it turned out great! Yummy!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 22, 2011:

Moon Daisey~ You can make whole wheat Bagels, and here's how:

Follow the recipe above, omit all of the sugar and replace it with more of the honey. In place of the flour use 2 cups whole wheat or graham flour, 1/2 cup wheat germ, and about 2-3/4 cup all-purpose flour (all still unsifted). Mix in all of the whole wheat flour and wheat germ and add 1-1/4 cups of the all-purpose flour before mixing the dough to the thickened stage. Then mix in about 1-1/2 cups more of the all-purpose flour, and mix to dough stage; knead and finish as directed above. NOTE: I have noticed with the wheat bagels that the rise can be dwarfed somewhat, so possibly a short second rise may help in this area...keeping your surfaces warmer is helpful with the wheat dough.

I have never made a gluten free bagel so I would not have a proper answer for you. I am however betting that if you head over to the topics section here on HubPages, you will find some great gluten free ideas, possibly even a bagel related one! Thank you for your great questions!



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 22, 2011:

Thank you Happyboomernurse, stayingalivemoma, and VENZKHVAM, for your warm comments.

They are as fun to make as they are to eat. Because they cost so little to make, these bagels are a great addition to bake sales and efforts for raising money for school events or other worthy causes. What do you think?

HubHugs for the room~


Moon Daisy from London on September 22, 2011:

Great hub, it would be amazing to be able to make bagels. (Or as we - sometimes controversially - call them, beigels!) Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

I have one question, which you may or may not be able to answer! Would they still work with a wheat/gluten free flour? Not sure if it would spoil them or not...

(This hub is making me very hungry!)

VENZKHVAM from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers on September 22, 2011:

congratulations on being selected the hub of the day award.

I had liked it

with warm regards

Dinesh Nair

Valerie Washington from Tempe, Arizona on September 22, 2011:

Congrats on such a well formatted and outlined hub and congrats on getting Hub of the Day! You certainly deserve it!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on September 22, 2011:

Congratulations on the very well deserved Hub of the Day badge. This hub is so beautifully illustrated that I can almost smell and taste the bagels that you baked.

Loved the clear step by step directions and accompanying photos which helped show proper consistency and form.

Outstanding hub! Voted up across the board except for funny.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 22, 2011:

RNMSN! I am sooo proud of you! Jumping up and down with joy that you find the recipe doable, and above all yummy! Thanks for giving it a try to returning to let us in on how it went; that really rocks!

You just link away my dear, the kudos will be appreciated very much. The world will be a better place when more folks are making homemade bagels!

We have a Bagel Specialty store that serves a pretty good bagel (for the west coast). But the price of a dozen bagels, hold on now, is just under $39. I'm betting your homemade batch of 18 cost less than $5!

Thank you again for reporting back on how things went for you with the recipe. Nothing says I love you like a freshly baked warm bagel!



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 22, 2011:

Holy smokes! Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments. I am so honored to be picked as the hub of the day Hubber! With all of the awesome articles I read here, this makes me feel quite humbled, and thrilled at the same time. I appreciate every one of you and that you left your comments with me today, I just love this community of writers! Huge HUBHUGS all around!

To answer a couple of the question formed here:

Q:"Would you use the same basic time frames with other spice mixtures/ingredients?"

A: The time frame would remain somewhat the same, with the only difference being in the boiling time. I would give it one more minute in the water (30 seconds on each side) as the moisture from the raisins can add a tiny bit of extra moisture. I love to make craisin (dried cranberry), cinnamon, honey bagels. For this recipe I like the dough a little sweeter so I up the honey in the water by 1TBL and add 1TBL honey to the yeast mix. They will not be cloyingly sweet at all, offering just a hint of honey richness the kids will crave!

Q:"Also have you ever tried freezing them?"

A: All of the time. I first place them in refrigerator until they are very cold (at least 1-1/2 hours, no more than 3). Then I place them in an airtight seal-a-meal bag, but regular plastic works just be sure to get as much of the air out that you can. (Try placing a straw in the corner of the bag opening and zip it closed as much as the straw allows. Then suck-out the air through the straw and quickly yank the straw and zip the bag completely closed before very much air returns to the bag.) Then they get popped into the freezer. It is important to get them cold before freezing or the texture will degrade hugely when defrosting. Cooling them first causes the ice crystals to form in far smaller sizes causing less cell damage during defrost due to big jagged ice crystal that form at room-temp.

It looks like this is going to be one bagel-active weekend for Hubbers! How cool is that!?



Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on September 22, 2011:

I'm Back :) and hubby and I just ate our first Bagel!! oh my thank you so much!! something I love and never thought Id be ale to make its like, dude! this is so easy!! now how do I make different flavors :)

hardest part for me was keeping the water at a gentle boil...my stove top is funky

but soooo delicious and pretty too!...please may I post the recipe and pics on justapinh.com??? I will so credit you and link your hub too!! this is awesome!

september girl on September 22, 2011:

I had to bookmark this hub. I love bagels. I always wondered how they made them. Thanks for the share! Voted up and interesting. : )

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on September 22, 2011:

I have often thought of making bagels but figured that they would be too difficult to make, so I just let the idea go. But you have made it look so easy, I am bookmarking this recipe to try very, very soon. My husband and I both love bagels. I voted up and all the way across. You are cloverleaf are definitely helping me get all my carb calories in. And I didn't need any help! Great hub!

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on September 22, 2011:

oh cool. I was copying the recipe (helps me "see it") and found the caraway can be eliminated so plain akery shop bagels it is :) too cool!! see you in 4 hours or so :)

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on September 22, 2011:

oh shoot Cloverleaf just popped my buble too! I dont have carraway seeds either :(

never mind I am sooo doing this!! wonderful!! thank you!! what a good teacher you are Chef :)

RTalloni on September 22, 2011:

Oooh--I always wondered if I could make them. Thanks for the recipe with tips!

Congrats on Hub of the Day--it's a great one!

ajayshah2005 from Mid Asia on September 22, 2011:

Your hub was really interesting and I really like Bagels, and they are called Donuts in our area! They are really tasty! I loved this recipe! Thanks for sharing it with us!

LABrashear from My Perfect Place, USA on September 22, 2011:

No wonder this made Hub of the Day! Congrats and good job on a wonderful (yummy) hub! I love bagels and have often wondered how to make them. I definitely want to try this! UP!

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on September 22, 2011:

Oh my goodness. I love bagels, especially with cream cheese. This is a great article, with very detailed pictures and directions that are easy to understand. I'm not much of a cook but I love baking so this is right up my alley. Congratulations on being the Hub of the Day! Well deserved.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 22, 2011:

Your bagels look amazing! Thanks for the detailed instructions and photos. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day.

SJmorningsun25 on September 22, 2011:

What a well-written, easy-to-follow recipe! Thank you for your thoroughness and simplicity. Can't wait to try these myself! Voted up, useful and interesting.

Jade1295 from Boston, Massachusetts on September 22, 2011:

I also LOVE bagels with a passion! Thank you SO much for sharing your recipe and techniques with us! I also love the illustrations as well! Very well done!

Kristine Manley from Atlanta, GA on September 22, 2011:

This is absolutely THE BOMB! I will be making Holiday and Christmas Bagels. Your step by step pictures are wonderful. I love Bagels and Cream Cheese.

Thank you - Voted up!

jacqui2011 from Norfolk, UK on September 22, 2011:

What a wonderful hub, truly deserving of the hub of the day. The bagels look delicious and your step by step picture guide is fantastic. Well done. Voted up and awesome.

lisabeaman from Phoenix, AZ on September 22, 2011:

Congratulations on your hub being the Hub of the Day!!! Great job K9! What a beautifully formatted hub with such great detail and information. :) Voted up and beautiful!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on September 22, 2011:

I opened up HubPages this morning and the first thing I saw was a picture of these bagels. Congratulations on Hub of the Day! They actually look better than store-bought bagels. And unlike your bagels, often when I buy them they have big air bubbles.

With your perfect step-by-step photo directions I am going to attempt to follow your recipe. You make it look so easy. I have bookmarked this hub and am voting it up.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on September 22, 2011:

Your step-by-step guide to making homemade bagels is wonderful! I can't wait to try it. It's impossible to find really good bagels where I live - nothing equals the bagels that my grandfather used to bring home from the NYC delis when I was a kid. But this recipe looks like it might do the trick. Congratulations on being named hub of the day!

cephla from India on September 22, 2011:

I love bagels. Unfortunately, they aren't readily available here in India. :'(

It's bagels time!!!! :D

Tammy Winters from Oregon on September 22, 2011:

This is a wonderful article on making bagels. Thanks for sharing.

cardelean from Michigan on September 22, 2011:

Excellent choice as the hub of the day, congrats! My kids (as well as my husband and I) LOVE bagels and I can just see their excitement as they make their own. We are definitely going to do this. Would you use the same basic time frames with other spice mixtures/ingredients? I'm thinking cinnamon raisin or maybe adding some whole grains. Have you ever tried any of those? I'm not sure my kids would be thrilled with onion flavor. Also have you ever tried freezing them? Just wondering how they might hold up. Thanks for such a great recipe and inspiration!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 22, 2011:

Congratulation for the hub of the day! I love bagels sandwiches. Thanks for sharing. Bookmark for later use.

FloraBreenRobison on September 22, 2011:

Congratulations on being chosen hub of the day

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 20, 2011:

Flora~ This is a really simple recipe that you (and your very artistic mom) might just enjoy a great deal! If you already love bagels and cream cheese, you are in for a wonderful surprise with these homemade bagles!



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 20, 2011:

Robin~ Thank you so much for swinging by for a look at a batch of bagels. They are a vice for me as well! I find it very flattering that you will be giving the recipe a try, it is very easy! I am so happy you like the hub and the photo guide, it was challenging to complete; what with all the flour and sticky dough everywhere, my camera was in parlous positions more than once during the process! But, we persevered and ate many bagels to sooth our souls...Jen and I, not the camera...he-he!

I hope you enjoy the batch you create for your family!



Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on September 20, 2011:

This is absolutely amazing!! I LOVE bagels, guilty pleasure. We are definitely going to try this recipe. I love all of your photos and your amazing guide. Well done, AGAIN! Cheers!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 20, 2011:

Sally's Trove~ Wonderful! I am all for adding new traditions to the respected and honored old traditions.I hope you and your "traditional bagel" family find some measure of joy from this simple homemade recipe pictorial!

hubHugs and Shalom~


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 20, 2011:

rjsadowski~Thank you I am pleased to know you find the directions easy to follow! I hope you enjoy your bagels!



rjsadowski on September 20, 2011:

Excellent instructions.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on September 20, 2011:

Love the pics illustrating the process and enjoyed the narrative, too. I come from a bagel tradition, also, but my family has never baked them. Your recipe is definitely on my to-do list. Up, useful, and awesome!

FloraBreenRobison on September 19, 2011:

I haven't made my own bagels before. I love bagels and cream cheese, however.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 19, 2011:

Cloverleaf~ I am so honored that you have picked up the bagel making gauntlet! If you already make your own breads at home, you are going find this bagel recipe an extremely simple task. Thank you for the high praise and votes...my smile could not be any wider!



Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 19, 2011:

Could it be possible...bakery style bagels? My mouth is watering now, I HAVE to try this! I love making my own french bread at home, but I have never tried making bagels. Challenge ACCEPTED. Your hub was so easy to follow that I'm tempted to get started right now. The only ingredient I don't have is the caraway seeds. Must add to grocery list tomorrow!

I'm voting this up, awesome, interesting, useful and everything. Bookmarking for guaranteed use over the next few days. THANK YOU!


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 19, 2011:

livelonger~ So pleased you approve, coming from you it means the world! I too have heard of using the malt syrup, and the taste is truly yummy. In an attempt to duplicate those good east coast bagels I remember, we gave the sugar and honey a try and were thrilled with the results! We had a few failed attempts at this using a variety of different sweeteners, and even tried Splenda once...I do NOT recommend Splenda at all for this...yuck even! The egg yolks used for the bagel glazing are from my own chickens, so the credit for that beautiful color goes to my feathered backyard friends!

Very happy you made it by today! Big HubHugs!



Jason Menayan from San Francisco on September 19, 2011:

Wow, a mindblowingly amazing Hub! I *love* bagels, and, truth be told, worked in high school at a bagel shop for a few months, so I know the technique (we used malt syrup in the poaching water, although honey & sugar sound even better). Your bagels have a stunning color...I can't even imagine the taste! And thanks for taking all the pictures. They really do illustrate what your supposed to do.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 19, 2011:

anglnwu~ Thanks for stopping by to check out this bagel recipe! It is as easy as the hub makes it sound, really! I like to follow directions with pictures the best, so this is my attempt to give you a step by step look at homemade bagels one image at a time.

We love to make them as an afternoon weekend project of sorts. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!



anglnwu on September 19, 2011:

I love bagels and I would never think of making them until i see this hub. Amazing pictures and since they keep well, I just may be inclined to make a batch and then enjoy them slowly. Rated awesome!

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