Homemade Everything Bagels

8 servings


1 hour 30 minutes

active time

1 hour 30 minutes

total time


1 1/2 tbsp Active dry yeast (instant will work just as well)

1 tbsp Sugar

2 1/4 cups Warm water

5 cups All purpose flour (625g)

2 tsp Kosher salt

3 tbsp Light brown sugar (packed)

1/4 cup Light brown sugar

1 pot Water (around 2 quarts)

Everything but the bagel seasoning

1 Egg

2 tbsp Water


Prepare your yeast mixture

Add your yeast, warm water, and sugar together in a bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel, and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Prepare your dough

While your yeast is resting, add all of your flour, brown sugar, and salt to a separate bowl and whisk together.

After 10 minutes, add your yeast mixture to the rest of your ingredients.

Take a large mixing spoon and roughly combine your dough ingredients.

If you find that your dough is too sticky, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until you are satisfied with the texture. Remember climate, and altitude play a large part in how much flour you will need.

Once your dough has shaped into a rough dough ball, take it out of your bowl and on to a lightly floured surface

Now, you can use a stand mixer - but if you don't have one, with lightly floured or oiled hands, knead your dough for 10- 15 minutes until smooth.

I highly recommend sticking with just 5 cups of flour, but ofc there are many factors that play into how much flour you may need. If you feel like your dough is far too sticky add an extra 1/2 cup. If it has shaped well into a ball with just 5 cups of flour (still slightly sticky) just oil your hands a bit and continue to knead. It will eventually come together beautifully.

Next, separate your dough into 8 dough balls. Cover with a damp, clean towel and allow to rest for 15 minutes

Shape your bagels

After 15 minutes, take your index finger and press a hole through the center of each dough ball.

To further improve the bagel shape, lightly flour your hands and rotate your dough in a circular motion - slightly stretching the dough without ruining the overall shape of our bagels. (watch video above for a visual)

Add a square cut out of parchment paper under each bagel as you finish shaping them. This step will be extremely helpful once we begin boiling our bagels.

Cover your bagels once again with a clean, damp towel. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350° F (177° C).

Water bath

Fill a large pot with water, about 2 quarts. Whisk in your 1/4c brown sugar, and bring to a boil.

Boil your bagels for 1 minute on each side. About 2-3 bagels at a time, you don't want to overcrowd your pot.

Baking your bagels

Add your boiled bagels to a prepared baking sheet.

Optional, using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash on top and around the sides of each bagel. Provides an extra chewy and slightly more golden crust. Lastly, sprinkle on your everything bagel seasoning. The amount is up to you.

Bake for 25-35 minutes. Every oven performs differently, keep a close eye on them. You want your bagels to be beautifully golden, but also not too deep in color.

Remove from the oven and allow bagels to cool on the baking sheet for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Slice your bagel with a serrated knife, toast, and top with whatever you'd like!

How to store your bagels

Cover any left over bagels tightly, or store them in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for about a week.

8 servings


1 hour 30 minutes

active time

1 hour 30 minutes

total time
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