Bagels recipe

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Making your own bagels isn't as hard as you might think. These simple bagels can be topped with poppy or sesame seeds before baking for extra crunch

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  • healthy
Preparation Time40 mins (with 1.5 - 3hrs rising time)
Cooking Time20 mins -25
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories233 Kcal12%
Sugar1.2 g1%
Fat2.8 g4%
Saturated Fat0.4 g2%
Salt1.04 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein8.2 g16%
Carbohydrates43 g17%
Salt1.04 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Making your own bagels isn't as hard as you might think. These simple bagels can be topped with poppy or sesame seeds before baking for extra crunch


  • 600g (1lb 5oz) strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp fine salt
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glazing




  1. Put the flour, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Mix the yeast in 300ml (10fl oz) warm water. Add the oil and pour the liquid into the flour mixture, stirring together to form a soft dough.
  2. Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until smooth. Transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover loosely with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1–2 hours until doubled.
  3. Transfer to a floured surface, push it back to its original size, and divide into 8–10 pieces. Take each piece of dough and roll it under your palm to make a fat log shape. Using your palms, continue to roll it towards each end, until it is about 25cm (10in) long. Take the dough and wrap it around your knuckles, so the join is underneath your palm. Squeeze gently, then roll briefly to seal the join. The hole should still be big at this stage.
  4. Transfer to 2 baking trays lined with baking parchment. Repeat to shape all the bagels. Cover with cling film and a tea towel. Leave in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled.
  5. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7, and set a large pan of water to boil. Poach the bagels in gently simmering water for 1 minute on either side. Remove them from the water with a slotted spoon. Dry them briefly on a clean tea towel.
  6. Return the bagels to the baking trays and brush them with a little beaten egg.
  7. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 mins until golden. Cool for 5 mins ona wire rack before serving. Store: Best the day they are made, but still taste good toasted the next day.
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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies