A visit to New York would not be complete without a New York style bagel (or five). What if we told you that you could make your own delicious, chewy, New York style bagels at home in just a couple of hours?

One of our Flippers, Cassie Beyfuss, is here to walk you through her go-to, tried and true bagel recipe. This 8-step recipe is guaranteed to take your taste-buds on a journey back to the bustling streets of New York. 

Special shout-out to the Sophisticated Gourmet for this 10/10 recipe.

What you’ll need: 

The Bagel Dough 

  • Granulated sugar (4 ½ teaspoons) 
  • Active dry yeast (2 teaspoons/ 6g) 
  • Luke-warm water (¼ cups/ 300 ml water – you may need to add 1/4 /60ml more) 
  • Bread flour (3 ½ / 440g – you may need to add up to ½ cup/ 60g for kneading) 
  • Fine grain sea salt (1 ½ teaspoons) 

Topping Suggestions: 

For Cassie’s bagels, she will be making a mix of cheddar, jalapeno & cheddar, and sesame seed bagels. 

Step 1
Make the dough

Step 1: Make the Dough

Proof the yeast by mixing it with sugar and water. Once mixed, set aside for about 5 minutes. You will know the yeast is activated once the mixture starts bubbling. Add the flour and salt and start kneading the dough together by hand. Add additional water where needed. The dough should be moist and firm.

Step 2
Let it rise

Step 2: Let it Rise 

Put the dough in an oiled bowl to rise for 1-2 hours or leave in the refrigerator overnight. 

Step 3
Deflate & divide the dough

Step 3: Deflate & Divide the Dough

You will know the dough has rested and risen enough when you poke the dough and the imprints remain. If the dough bounces back, it needs to rest for longer. If you let the dough rise overnight in the refrigerator, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before moving to the next step. Separate the dough into smaller balls and roll them out into circles. 

*Makes 8 bagels

Step 4
Stretch the dough into rings

Step 4: Stretch the Dough Into Rings

Make a hole in the middle and stretch them out.

Step 5
Boil the bagels

Step 5: Boil the Bagels 

Let a pot of water come to a bubbling boil. Then, reduce the heat to simmer. Boil the bagels for 1-2 minutes per side depending on your chewiness preference (boil for less time for chewier bagels and a softer crust).

Step 6: Brush With Egg Yolk & Add Toppings

Let the bagels cool briefly and brush them with egg yolk. Then, dip the bagel in your topping of choice. 

Step 7
Bake the bagels

Step 7: Bake the Bagels

Pop the bagels in the oven and bake them for 20-25 minutes at 425F. 

Step 8
Add your schmear & enjoy!

Step 8: Add Your Schmear & Enjoy!

Lastly, let the bagels cool (for as long as you can handle) before digging in and adding your bagel schmears! You can find a bunch of great bagel spread recipes here.

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