how to make bagels

HOmemade bagels are fun treat in my house. Making your own bagels at home is easier than you might think. Try cinnamon raisin or blueberry for a fun twist.

I love blogging. Yeah, yeah…that’s not the secret. This is…sometimes I make things I’ve always wanted to just because I have a blog.

Shew there…I said it. Got that off my chest.

Don’t get me wrong. Before NellieBellie I crafted, DIY’d, cooked, baked, all that stuff. But, I was a bit more efficient. A bit more aware of what was necessary and needed. I didn’t have time to waste on trying new recipes or ideas. I needed things that were tried and true. You get me, you are probably in that same boat.

Now that I blog and brands WANT me to try stuff…I get to try new recipes and ideas. If they fail, blah…I’ll put up a fail post. If they do well…yay!!! But, the joy of joys is that I am trying out those recipes that have long been in my head. Or painting that wall in chalkboard because I’ve always wanted to. Because now…now I have all of you that want tried and true. You want to know what works. So, I get to be the guinea pig! And I LOVE IT!! But shhhh, let’s keep it to ourselves. My family thinks that  blogging is really, really hard work. (truly, it is.) I like to play the sympathy card sometimes.

Gosh, I’m chatty today. Let’s get to the point of today’s post…

Make your own bagels at home with this homemade bagel recipe. Try blueberry or cinnamon raisen!

homemade bagels.

Make a homemade bagel...yum!

Right?!? See…I told you…one of those things you would NEVER waste time on. I did. It was wonderful. I plan on doing it again really soon!


To be honest these aren’t super easy to make. They aren’t super hard, either. They are….meh. Kinda easy/Kinda hard. Real helpful, aren’t I! Bagels are bread. So, there is that kneading, then rising, then forming, then rising, then, then…  None of the steps are hard or time consuming. There is just a lot of waiting. So on a day when you have 18 inches of snow (true story) in April these are the BEST way to spend an afternoon!


Now, the thing with these bagels is that after they’ve formed and risen their final time you boil them. Yes, boil them. It’s a short period of time…30 seconds or so. But, this is important. Boil them and THEN bake them.


Before I put mine in the oven (and after they were boiled) I drizzled them things with honey, lots and lots of honey! I drizzled them with honey and then sprinkled them with cinnamon. It made a gooey mess. But, a delicious gooey mess!


See, homemade bagels aren’t perfect circles. Did you know that if you can draw a perfect circle you are a psychopath? Well, I can’t make a perfectly circle bagel. So, the world is safe from me. Who cares…just look at that homemade goodness we’ve been having for breakfast. Yum, yum, and more yum!

Go on…next time  you have a lazy afternoon you can make bagels. Cause, I tried it for you and know it works. You won’t waste an afternoon!

Homemade Bagel Recipe

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  • 1 ⅔ cup warm water
  • ¾ tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil


  • Fill a small bowl with the warm water and sprinkle yeast, followed by sugar, over the water. Let sit about 5 minutes until it gets gooey and foamy.
  • Combine bread flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add yeast mixture and stir until mixed together.
  • Knead until sticky dough forms, a couple of minutes.
  • Keep kneading for 5 more minutes.
  • Transfer dough to a large bowl with sides lightly covered with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit until it doubles in size. A couple of hours it will take.
  • Divide dough into balls. It should make about 10. Place the ball on a baking sheet either covered with parchment paper or greased, cover again with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.
  • Lightly oil your hands. Then take the ball and gently push your thumbs through the center creating a hole. Form the remainder of the bagel.
  • Place the bagels on a baking sheet lined with parchment (or greased) about 2 inches apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 20 min.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  • You'll need a large stock pot of boiling water.
  • Carefully drop bagels, one by one, into the boiling water. Don't put too many in at once. Give them room.
  • Boil bagels for 30 seconds on one side, flip and boil the other side for 30 seconds.
  • Take them out with tongs or slotted spoons and put them on baking sheet.
  • (right here is where you can add toppings like honey and cinnamon)
  • Moving quickly, put them in the oven for 5 minutes at 500 degrees.
  • Then turn heat down to 350 degrees for 8-10 more minutes or golden brown on one side.
  • When golden brown on one side flip the bagels over and cook 5 more minutes (or until that side is golden brown as well)
  • Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Eat. Delicious. Yummy. Kinda hard. But, not really. And worth it!


If you are doing multiple batches don't worry too much about getting the heat turned down to 350 for the first couple of batches. They are okay at the 500 degree heat. I put mine on the higher rack in the oven and didn't turn it down until all the bagels were in...they were all great.


Serving: 10g
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