Make homemade bagels using only 5 ingredients and in 20 minutes from start to finish! NO YEAST or rising or waiting required. These easy bagels are soft, flavorful and taste great with savory or sweet toppings.
Until recently, I’ve lived a life being intimidated by the idea of making my own bagels. I have no idea where this notion came from because (now I know) those beliefs were completely wrong and ridiculous. ‘Cause guess what?! Making bagels is EASY. I’m talking no yeast, no waiting, no boiling, no rising, no special flour, no having to throw dough away because you messed it all up. This recipe is fool-proof, you guys. I’m not calling you a fool, but even if you were one you’d be able to make a successful, delicious batch of homemade bagels with a blindfold over your eyes. The first time I pulled a batch out of the oven I could hardly believe it. They were beautiful, soft, perfect and so so sooo yummy. The way they looked and tasted did not match the effort that went into them. If you are a bagel lover like myself, promise me you’ll try this recipe! You will not be disappointed.
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How do you make homemade bagels?
There are a handful of methods and tricks used to make bagels at home, but THIS! This method is the easiest you’ll find and it will result in a soft, flavorful, perfect bagel every single time:
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and yogurt in a bowl and mix together using a heavy spoon until a dough forms.
Knead the dough for 1 minute or so until it is soft and pliable.
Divide into 6 equal portions and roll each portion into a rope (approximately 6 inches in length); secure ends.
Cover tops with egg wash and toppings of your choice and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown! That’s it!
What toppings can you put on bagels?
After you brush your bagel dough with an egg wash and before you pop it into the oven, add toppings that will bake into the bread and add delicious flavor. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
For a simpler but similar bagel topping, sprinkle minced garlic and sea salt over the tops.
Try going the sweet route and coat the tops of your bagels with cinnamon and sugar!
Crushed red pepper flakes and minced jalapenos would taste FANTASTIC for spice lovers!
Or you can just go plain! Still YUM!
What goes well with a bagel?
One of the things I love about bagels is how versatile they are! They are scrumptious when both savory and sweet, which makes them a unique snack, lunch or breakfast option. Cream cheese is the obvious choice when wanting to put something on a bagel, but these options are delicious, too!
Sandwich toppings such as mayo, mustard, deli meat, lettuce and tomato slices make a delicious sandwich when stuffed inside a bagel.
Turn a bagel into breakfast by adding eggs, cheese and bacon.
Changing up the cream cheese flavor can totally transform a bagel. Try chive and onion or blueberry or any of the other flavor options available.
Sandwich pizza ingredients inside a bagel and toast it in the oven until the cheese has melted!
Have fun making your own bagels! Please stop back and let me know how they turned out AND which toppings/additions you used!