Everything Bagels

We love bagels, but after making bagels since 2015, our family really cannot stand buying them from a store anymore. Homemade bagels are much sturdier and denser compared to mass produced ones. Bagels are easy enough to make once you get the technique down. In addition to regular or plain bagels, I also make blueberry and everything bagels. In this post, I will share with you the techniques and tricks to make bagels from scratch.

Everything bagels baked and cooling on baking stone

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The trick to a good bagel

Bagels are boiled. How neat is that? Until I made bagels in 2015, I had no idea that they were boiled before they were baked in an oven. Additionally, a good bagel will be dense and deliciously flavored.

There are a few different ways to make bagel dough, and I have tried many of them. Ten years ago, I had a bread machine that would make bagel dough. When that died, I went searching for the best recipe. There are some recipes that says to make a dough snake and pinch the two ends together, however, these often come undone while boiling. Keep reading for the best way to form a bagel.

A brief bagel history

Bagels date back to the 14th century and has its origins as a Jewish and Polish bread. In America, bagels were introduced when Eastern Europeans came as immigrants in the late 1800’s. By 1900, there were seventy bagel operations in New York City.
In the 1930’s, machines soon took over the manufacturing this once Union Led business and drove handmade production to a standstill. By the 1950’s, handmade bagel factories were no longer in business having been shut down by a mass-produced bagel.
It was not until the 1950’s when bagels began to be popular with the mainstream crowd, and in 1984 Lender’s bakery paired with Kraft foods. Their aim was to get bagels mass produced and become a staple in American houses. A bagel, spread with cream cheese, soon became the most popular breakfast food.

Ethel cat was very interested while I was making Everything Bagels today.

Ethel cat standing by my feet

Everything Bagel Recipe

Ingredients

1 Tbsp yeast
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp Everything Bagel Seasoning

You can also remove the Everything Bagel Seasoning and add dried blueberries to make Blueberry Bagels.

ingredients to make everything bagels

Directions for Everything Bagels

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, or the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer and then mix on MEDIUM-LOW for 10-minutes. To make Everything Bagels, add 1 Tablespoon Everything bagel seasoning to the ingredients.

2. Spray a medium bowl with non-stick spray and then set aside.

bagel dough with everything bagel seasoning on countertop

3. Place the bagel dough in the prepared bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then rest the dough for 1 1/2 hours.

bagel dough in metal bowl with plastic wrap cover

4. Transfer the risen Everything Bagel dough onto a clean surface and divide into 8-equal pieces.

5. Roll each dough ball into a smooth and round ball.

everything bagel rolls on countertop

6. Cover the rolled dough balls with plastic wrap and let rest for 30-minutes.

bagel rolls covered in plastic wrap

7. Place a large saucepan on the stove with 2-inches of water and turn to high and bring to a boil.

saucepan with water boiling on the stove

8. To the water, add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp granulated sugar, then whisk together.

sugar and salt added to boiling water to boil everything bagels

9. Pole your finger in the center of each dough ball and use your fingers to form the bagel.

10. Place the shaped bagel in the water and boil for 2-minutes, then turn and boil 1-more minute.

11. Remove the boiled bagels from the water and place onto a drying rack.

boiled bagels place on cooling rack to drip dry

12. Sprinkle Everything Bagel seasoning on the bagels.

sprinkle everything bagel seasoning on bagels before baking

13. Then transfer the bagels to a baking stone with parchment paper and bake the Everything Bagels at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

place everything bagels on baking stone with parchment paper to bake

When done, remove from the oven and rest to cool on a baking rack. Cut with a serrated knife and enjoy toasted!
~Monica

baked and cooling everything bagels on baking stone

Recipe for Everything Bagels

Everything Bagel Ingredients

1 Tbsp yeast
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp Everything Bagel Seasoning

Directions for Everything Bagels

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, or the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer and then mix on MEDIUM-LOW for 10-minutes. To make Everything Bagels, add 1 Tablespoon Everything bagel seasoning to the ingredients and additionally sprinkled on the top after boiled.
2. Spray a medium bowl with non-stick spray and then set aside.
3. Place the bagel dough in the prepared bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then rest the dough for 1 1/2 hours.
4. Transfer the risen Everything Bagel dough onto a clean surface and then divide into 8-equal pieces using a knife or a bench scraper.
5. Roll each dough ball into a smooth and round ball using your hands.
6. Cover the rolled dough balls with plastic wrap and then let rest for 30-minutes.
7. Place a large saucepan on the stove with 2-inches of water and then turn to high and bring to a boil.
8. To the water, add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp granulated sugar, then whisk together.
9. Pole your finger in the center of each dough ball and then use your fingers to form the bagel by pulling the dough out from the middle hole.
10. Place the shaped bagel in the water and boil for 2-minutes, then turn and boil 1-more minute.
11. Remove the boiled bagels from the water and then place onto a cooling rack to drip dry for 1 minute.
12. Finally, sprinkle Everything Bagel seasoning on the bagels and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
13. Bake the Everything Bagels at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
When done, remove from the oven and rest to cool on a baking rack and cut with a serrated knife and enjoy toasted!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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