Note : The other versions are at the end. 

My first introduction to bagels started with books. I imagined how perfect it must be served with steaming hot tea/coffee/hot chocolate on a chilly day. During the ‘pre-blogging’ era even if I had had the recipe I am certain I would not have dared to try breads, but thanks to the wonderful success stories and tips I found post blogging, I have been able to create my own breads and bask in pride as I watch the loaf disappear in a trice!

I saw some wonderful bagels here , here and here. From what I saw during my random browsing sessions, am happy to say that my own turned out as good if not better! Cheers to Sara Lewis for the perfect bagel recipe in ‘The Bread Book’. These were a hit with the family. My children had it with cream while we (P & I) had it plain – They tasted great either way!

Texture: Traditional bagels, I found are basically of Jewish origin and ought to have a crisp exterior and chewy interior – this was how mine turned out. You could try the later versions which use eggs to give a softer, lighter interior. You could also add blueberries for a filled version, or roasted sliced onions for a savoury version. I would like to try out the savory version next time using whole wheat as I feel that would be healthy too! Mmm… why not serve them like burgers – that should be good to! Tell me what you think of this!

I was thrilled to see that my dear friend Aparna of ‘My Diverse Kitchen’ is guest hosting this month’s Bread Baking Day and she has chosen ‘Small breads’ as the theme – which means that this post is perfect for the event. Bread Baking Days are the brainchild of Zorra of 1x umrühren bitte, hosted by various bread makers – I call it a motley bread baking crowd adhering to a common theme. 

What is different about bagels from other breads:
Bagels are boiled in sweet water, drained and then baked just like our very own batis!

(Adapted from Sara Lewis’ The Bread Book)
I halved the recipe and made 8 bagels

2 and 1/4 cups – APF (The Book mentions strong white flour – I would use a little more flour next time as it was really difficult to handle the bagels after the second rise)
1 tsp. + 1 Tbsp. – Caster sugar
1/2 tsp. – Salt
3/4 tsp. – Dry active yeast
1/4 + 1/2 cup – Warm water
I used soymilk sugar mixture to glaze – you could use egg yolk or the same
About a tbsp. of sesame seeds to sprinkle

Thin whipped cream to serve – Optional

1. Dissolve the yeast in 1/4cup warm water and set aside to froth.

2. Mix the flour, 1 tsp. sugar, salt together in a bowl. Make a well in the center and pour the yeast mixture. Stir in and make a soft pliable dough using extra warm water gradually.

3. Tip the dough on a clean, lightly floured work surface and knead till smooth for 5 minutes. Place back in the lightly greased bowl and cover with oiled clingfilm. Set aside in a warm place to double in bulk for about an hour.

4. When doubled tip out again on your work surface and knead well. Cut into 8 equal pieces. Shape each into a ball. Poke your index finger in the center and gently twirl the dough, slowly increasing the size of the hole till the dough measures about 3″ in diameter and two fingers pass through the hole (It will shrink during the second rise).

5. Transfer the bagels to a prepared baking sheet placing them a little apart. Cover with an oiled clingfilm and set aside to rise afor about 1/2hr.

6. When the bagels are ready boil 4 cups water alongwith extra sugar. Remove each bagel carefully [This was tough, and I found one so difficult that I pulled it, shaped again and dropped immediately – this one turned out the best:)], with some patience, and lower it into the boiling water. Cook both sides for 2 minutes, and drain onto a plate with slotted spoon. Repeat with the remaining bagels – I cooked three at a time in a wide pan. 

7. Transfer the cooked and drained bagels onto a prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with glaze. Sprinkle sesame seeds randomly and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 deg. Cel. for about 12 to 15 minutes till they sound hollow when tapped. Mine took a good 20 minutes, and I had to grill them for a further 5 minutes at low temperature to get the brown look.

8. Transfer to a a wire rack to cool.

I call them bagels as that is what they are supposed to be as per the nomenclature, but my son insisted they were sweet buns with a hole, like doughnuts – I know he is right:)! As for the taste – Amazing! They are quite easy, so why not give it a try?

How would you like them?

With piped icing?

Sandwiched with cream?

Or topped with cream?


Banana Nut Loaf
Crumpets – English Small bread
Focaccia Bread – An Italian Flat bread
Herbed Cheese Braided Bread
Herb Sticks – Flat bread like the one you get at Dominos
Julia Child’s French Bread (Hard Crust)
Oatmeal Bread
Potato Bread
Rosetta Rolls
Wholewheat Buns

With Eggs:
Monkey Bread

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Have your say

  1. You made bagels at home? Wow, thats a great idea! And I’m amazed by the color and texture of your bagels.. Looks very professional.. Baking is one thing that scares me, and I usually stay away from baking.. So, to me its going to be an adventure to try this at home:)

  2. they look awesome..great entry

  3. These look plump and delicious. I agree, they’re worth the effort of making them.
    Thank you for the entry, Harini.

  4. Your Bagels look purrfect..
    I always think of them as baked doughnuts:)

  5. sigh! just amazing – my dream is to make a good bagel! I’ve never tried…

  6. That bagel look so yummy and tempting… I am amazed to see an array of mouthwatering dishes here…first time though, will visit soon to digg in more..

    Thanks for visiting ya!

  7. Looks perfect, good one. I have made Bagels at home long before my blogging days! Hard work but worth it!:)

  8. Sujatha – Thank U:) Don’t stop yourself! Start with muffins and simple cakes..the aroma in the house and the taste of homemade goodies is worth it! Do start and break that mind block – baking is just another step in cooking!

    Sowmya – Thanks!

    Aparna – Cheers for hosting two events!

    Delhibelle – They are cousins:)

    Arundathi – Do try! You have good skill and a nice array – why not add this one?

    Padma – I am flattered! Thanks for visiting, and granting me the pleasure of one more friendship:)

    Asha – I knew you would have! You have such a wide menu in AH and FH:)


    wow .. you made em at home??? kudos to you .. they look lovely

  10. I am drooling over ur gooey bagel sandw ….. Looks perfect ur doughnut

  11. Looks very Appetizing , and you made them at home , wow! ..
    Bagels are more Jewish than American I guess LOL..But they make their way to a Normal American Breakfast These days ..
    Lot of work but worth trying ..
    Hugs and smiles

  12. Looks perfect and delicious……

  13. Am drooling over the bagels..They look too too good..I love the one sandwiched with cream..

  14. they look awesome..delicious

  15. Wow! The best looking bagels I have seen in a long time. Great job here!

  16. They look yummy with all the cream flowing over…

  17. I am drooling over bagels ….. Looks perfect…Love the color and texture of bagels…..Gr8 entry….

  18. gorgeous pics! i can’t think of making it at home for say another few decades 😉

  19. OMG, what a colour, what a shape…. pictures are simply superb, looks too yummy:)

    I have added your blog to my blogroll:)

  20. Thanks all you lovely ladies:)

    Sia – You saying that! That excuse is not acceptable coming from you – I am sure you are going to make it sooner than that!

    Illa – Thank you, Dear! I am just constructing my page of Indian Bloggers again – New Blogger in Draft hitches:)

  21. The pics are a proof of their beauty..Very well done…

  22. Just want to say “Bye” to you S, enjoy blogging and I will see you in Sept!:)

  23. You made BAGELS????????? I don’t believe this…its just so much work. And they look so lovely, something straight out of a NY deli

  24. Rachel – Thanks!

    Asha – Thanks for coming up! Bye and have a great vacation:)

    Simran – Thanks for vouching:) That’s a huge boost!

  25. Bagels look delicious!! Beautifully done! 🙂

  26. Wow, those bagels look very good Sunshinemom. You are really one passionate and patient baker. Baking goodies one after the other.

  27. never thought vegan could be so thoroughly yummylicious!! thanks so much for sharing d recipes! n thanks to Rameez Kakodker for the link! God bless food!!

  28. Thanks, Susmita! Am glad you liked it, and yeah, thanks to Rameez too.:)

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