This homemade bagel recipe with everything seasoning is an authentic taste of New York that you can make at home. Loaded with classic bagel texture and flavor and topped with everything seasoning, this is a bagel everyone in your home will love.
We don’t know about you, but bagels are one of our favorite bread products. They’re so delicious and so versatile. We use them for breakfasts, appetizers, or just as an afternoon snack. You really can’t go wrong with these delicious bagels.
That being said, all bagels aren’t created equal. To get a really good bagel – that authentic bagel flavor we all love – your best bet is to either snag one or three if you’re ever in New York City or make this homemade bagel recipe. What you don’t want to do is grab bagels from your bakery section at the store. They’re “meh” at best, and who wants to eat “meh”? Not us, that’s for sure.
The History of Bagels
Don’t worry, we’re not doing a treatise on bagels, but this traditional Jewish bread product does have an interesting background worth mentioning.
Bagels are old. Really old. They first made their way to Poland and other parts of Europe in the 1600s. There is speculation that bagels are related to an ancient Arabic bread product called ka’ak. So they’ve been around for a while.
New York is the home of the most authentic bagels anywhere in the USA because that’s where Polish and Jewish immigrants first settled. Of course, they brought this delicious bread treat with them.
Today, the name “bagel” is plastered on anything that even remotely resembles a bagel, and we say “remotely resembles” because many “bagel” recipes are anything but. That’s why you’re going to find this homemade bagel recipe a pleasant surprise.
A Homemade Bagel Recipe with Authentic New York Flavor
Bagels are always a good choice for any occasion, and this homemade bagel recipe is always a good choice to make. It’s so good and so authentically New York, your family will think you had these shipped in from NYC itself.
Before we get started, we just want to caution you that this recipe takes a bit more work than some of the other recipes you’ve seen on our site. It’s not a lot more work, but it’s definitely not a one-pot dish. You have to use a little elbow grease, but we emphasize the word “little”. You’ll need to do a little kneading, and there are a few steps.
However, on the whole, it’s not an overly complicated recipe, and the bulk of the work is a little manual labor. That being said, it’s so worth it to experience the delicious flavor of this homemade bagel recipe for yourself.
This part of our tasty homemade bagel recipe is really easy. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to make these bagels. In fact, you only need 8 of them in total. You definitely won’t have to go out and buy any exotic ingredients, either. That’s because, while bagels take a few steps to make, they’re made with incredibly simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 1/4 Cups Warm Water
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
- 3 1/2 Cups Bread Flour
- 1/3 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 Cup Everything Bagel Seasoning
See? There’s nothing outlandish or exotic here. In fact, if you do any sort of baking at all, you probably have all of these ingredients ready and waiting for you in your kitchen. If you’re not a baker, you can still easily find all of these ingredients at your grocery store with no difficulty whatsoever.
There are several steps involved in making this homemade bagel recipe. We’re just hitting the highlights here. For a detailed rundown of everything you’ll need to do and exactly when to do it, refer to the recipe below.
Here’s the gist. **See the recipe card at the end of the post for exact recipe.
- Mix water, yeast, and sugar, and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Combine bread flour, salt, and yeast mixture.
- Work the dough by hand until smooth.
- Add olive oil to a clean bowl and place the dough in the bowl.
- Cover with a damp towel and let it sit in a warm place.
- Punch the dough down and place it onto a floured surface.
- Divide the dough into 6 pieces and pinch the dough into circles.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly flour.
- Let the dough circles sit for 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven
- While the oven is preheating, boil a pot of water.
- Boil the bagel dough for a minute per side.
- Brush the tops of the bagels with egg wash and sprinkle on everything seasoning.
- Bake until golden brown.
As you can see, there are several steps to this homemade bagel recipe, but as you can also see, none of them are overly difficult. The hardest part about this recipe is kneading the dough, and even that only takes a few minutes!
Homemade Bagel Recipe Tips
As you can see, this homemade bagel recipe has a few steps, but none of them are complicated. That being said, there are a few important things to remember if you want your bagels to come out as deliciously as possible.
Don’t Rush the Process
This homemade bagel recipe is an exercise in patience. Don’t rush it! This is an important tip that starts from the very beginning and follows all the way through this recipe.
Let the Yeast Work
Allow your yeast to proof for the full 10 minute time specified. To get that classic bagel texture, your yeast needs to be happy, and happy yeast needs to proof. If you rush the process, your yeast won’t do its job properly.
You Need to Knead
Hand-working this dough is another important step to achieving the best possible bagels when it’s all said and done. You’ll need to work the dough for about 7 to 10 minutes.
HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that if you hit the 7-minute mark, you’re automatically done. Work the dough until it’s nice and smooth, whether that takes 7 minutes or 10. This process is vital, so don’t try to rush through it.
Boil in Batches
Authentic bagels are boiled before baking, and this homemade bagel recipe is no different. Just because this recipe only makes 6 bagels at a time, don’t be tempted to put them all in the water at the same time.
It’s imperative that you boil these bagels in batches. The dough needs lots of room to boil, and the water needs to remain boiling. Crowding the dough can result in the water not boiling properly and not cooking the outside of the bagel correctly.
Serving the Bagels
This homemade bagel recipe is so good and so authentic, you can serve it up the same way you would bagels fresh from a New York City bakery. Of course, cream cheese and lox are always a great choice. You can also spread butter or jam on them, as well.
Storing the Bagels
These delicious bagels will keep for about 5 to 6 days, however, they’ll start getting stale after 2 to 3 days. So while you CAN keep them for almost a week, it’s better to eat them as quickly as possible. I know, I know. It’s a bummer.
For longer storage, slice your bagels in half and freeze them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to a month.
Don’t ever – EVER – refrigerate bagels, especially thie homemade bagle recipe or recipes like it. Refrigerations dries out your bagels much faster.
Homemade Bagel Recipe FAQ
Before we go, let’s hit the highlights of this homemade bagel recipe to ensure that you make the best bagels possible and enjoy them for as long as possible.
Q: Do I really have to wait the full X minutes for the Y part of this recipe?
A: Absolutely. Follow the timetables in this recipe to a T. It’s incredibly important that every aspect of this recipe is done correctly and with patience to get the best possible bagels.
Q: It really seems like I could boil all the bagels at once…
A: Don’t do that! Your big pot of boiling water will tempt you to boil all your bagels at the same time, but it will result in bagels that aren’t nearly as good. Resist the temptation!
Q: What goes with this homemade bagel recipe?
A: All the classic bagel toppings work with this recipe. Cream cheese and lox, butter, and jam are all tasty classics.
Q: How long will these bagels last?
A: These bagels will be good at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to 6 days, however, they’ll start to go stale at around day 2 or 3. Eat them fast! You can freeze your bagels for a month or two.
The Best Homemade Bagel Recipe You’ll Ever Make
We don’t like to toot our own horn, but, uh… toot toot! This is the best homemade bagel recipe you’ll ever make. It has that authentic texture and flavor we all love about NYC bagels, and the everything seasoning on top really gilds the lily. Give this homemade bagel recipe a try, and we’re sure you’ll agree.
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Homemade Bagel Recipe
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 ½ cups bread flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup Everything Bagel seasoning
- In a small bowl or measuring cup stir together water, yeast and granulated sugar.
- Let sit for 10 mins.
- In a large bowl, combine bread flour, salt and yeast mixture after 10 mins.
- Work dough together by hand until smooth (7-10 mins).
- Add Olive oil to a clean bowl and place dough on top. Cover with a damp towel and sit in a warm place for one hour.
- After an hour, punch the dough and place onto a floured surface.
- Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Pinch the dough into circles.
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on your baking sheet.
- Lightly flour the surface and place the dough balls on top.
- Cover and let sit 10 mins.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Prepare a large pot of boiling water.
- Flour the tips of your fingers and pinch a hole through the ball of dough.
- Place the bagels into the pot of boiling water for one minute on each side, then return to the baking tray. *Do not over crowd the pot, dip in batches*
- Brush the tops of the bagels with an egg wash (1 egg + 1 tbsp. water)
- Sprinkle with Everything Bagel Seasoning.
- Bake for 20 min or until golden brown.