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Easy Bagels

4.97 from 29 votes


  • Use any bread dough recipe that has risen and ready to be baked I use my sourdough recipe
  • 1 Tbsp Baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • Toppings for bagels (optional) such as cinnamon & sugar, sesame seeds, course salt, onion flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, and add 1 Tbsp baking soda and 1 Tbsp sugar. This is what gives it that bagel sheen and gives it that slightly chewy texture.
  • After folding dough the last time, take out a small piece that fits inside your palm and roll into a ball and place on a piece of parchment paper. When parchment is filled, push your thumb inside the center of each to make a hole.
  • Gently drop the bagels in the boiling water. Make sure not to crowd the bagels together so that they are all touching (3 or 4 work well.) They need plenty of room to do their bagel dance. Lol. Boil 1 minute on each side. I use a spatula to flip. After two minutes, remove bagels with spatula and set on baking sheet with parchment paper on top.
  • This is the time to add toppings on top of the bagels if you would like.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Let cool, serve sliced in half toasted with some grass fed butter and cream cheese.
  • Freeze any leftovers for another time.