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Homemade Bagels

Homemade bagels are easy to make with simple ingredients and in under 2 hours.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rise time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 bagels
Calories 79 kcal


  • 2 and ¼ tsp. active dry yeast, (1 standard packet)
  • 1 and ½ cups lukewarm water , (between 100 - 110° F)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 and ¼ cups bread flour, (spooned and leveled)

Water Bath:

  • 8 cups water
  • ¼ cup honey

Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg, beaten

For Topping:

  • coarse sea salt
  • sesame seeds
  • poppy seeds


  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, add the warm water, active dry yeast, sugar, and olive oil. Let sit for a few minutes until the yeast dissolves and is a little foamy.
  • Mix in the salt and the flour until a dough forms. Knead in the stand mixer or with your hands for 5 minutes. The dough is ready when it bounces back when gently pressed in.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size. About 60-90 minutes.
  • Punch the dough down to release the air and divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and use your fingers to poke a hole in the center of each. Gently stretch the bagels out until the hole is about 1-2 inches wide.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and spray with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Place the shaped bagels on the prepared trays and cover loosely. Allow them to rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the water bath.
  • Add the honey and water to a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add the bagels to the boiling water, 2 at a time, and boil for 1-2 minutes per side.
  • Remove and place back on the prepared baking sheets. Brush each with the beaten egg and sprinkle with toppings.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm. Leftovers last covered at room temperature for 1 week.


Serving: 1bagelCalories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 583mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 2gCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
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