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Recipe : Poppyseed Bagels

After my recent trip to the King Arthur Flour headquarters, I’ve been a baking maniac, going through my bounty of spoils from the store there! While there, I picked up high-gluten flour on a whim – and decided to finally take the (scary) plunge of making bagels. Having lived in New York City for the last 7 years, I’ve had my share of bagels – and these are not only darn good, but relatively easy to make!

Ahu Eats: Homemade Poppyseed Bagels

Homemade Poppyseed Bagels




Ahu Eats: Poppyseed Bagels

Poppyseed Bagels: Ready to Bake!


Ahu Eats: Homemade Poppyseed Bagels

Close up of poppyseed bagels – see the egg wash?


Ahu Eats: Homemade Poppyseed Bagels

Poppyseed Bagels – ready to be shmeared!


Poppyseed Bagels
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Fresh baked bagels right from your oven... top them with whatever you please from onion to poppyseed to flake salt!
  • 3.5 cups high-gluten flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1.5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • Large pot filled with water + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg white + splash of water (for egg wash)
  • Poppyseeds, flake salt, sesame seeds, dried onions, etc
  1. Activate your yeast by adding it along with 1.5 tablespoons of sugar to a bowl with 0.5 cups warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes then stir until it all dissolves.
  2. While you're waiting on the yeast, combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture once it's fully activated.
  3. Add about 0.75-1.25 cups of warm water to the the dough until it comes together - you want it to be moist and elastic. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes (until your elbows ache or until the dough is nice and springy... whichever comes first).
  4. Transfer the dough to a buttered or oiled bowl and let it rise (cover with a damp paper towel) until doubled in bulk - about an hour.
  5. Think of a bad traffic jam then punch down your dough. While your dough recovers (10 mins is good) from the beating, preheat your oven to 425 F (or 460 if your oven is like mine and lies about the temperature!) and get your water bath going.
  6. Divide your dough into 8 equal portions and roll each portion into little logs. For each dough-log, bring the ends together and pinch them twice upon themselves to create a nice seal. You now have 8 little raw bagels! Cover them with a damp paper towel and let them rest for another 10 minutes - these bagels are tired!
  7. Once all your bagels have paid a visit to the water bath, return them to the baking sheet. Brush each one with your egg-white-wash and then douse with poppyseeds. I like a lot. In fact, I should serve each of these bagels with a toothpick - but I digress.
  8. Bath time. So that your bagels don't get lonely, plunk them two at a time into your simmering water bath for 1-2 minutes per side. The longer they 'bathe' the chewier the resulting bagels will be. I like mine chewy so did full 2 minutes each side!
  9. Put your bagels into your hot oven for 20-25 minutes - they're ready when they have reached a nice golden hue.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack, then enjoy!



{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Anonymous July 19, 2014, 9:38 am

    Bring on the lox, tomatoes and onions.

  • Cocoa and Lavender July 19, 2014, 12:50 pm

    I used to make homemade bagels and they were so good, but nothing like bagels. More like round French bread! Maybe I just needed high gluten flora, these look just perfect, Ahu! ~ David

    • ahu July 20, 2014, 9:51 am

      Knowing you I’m sure they were delicious! I think the high-gluten flour makes a real difference, to get that chewy flavor – also boiling them for the crust!

  • Anonymous July 25, 2014, 6:49 am

    “Bath time. So that your bagels don’t get lonely, plunk them two at a time into your simmering water bath for 1-2 minutes per side.”

    I love it!! Happy to give them company, if the water is not too hot!!


  • Sofia Clara July 28, 2014, 5:37 am

    I’ve always wanted to make bagels but have been a big put off by the process – it seems so complicated.

    You make it sound so easy – they look amazing!

    • ahu August 3, 2014, 8:19 am

      it’s really not so bad – and 150% worth it. the fresh bagels are incredibly delicious!!!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 3, 2014, 6:12 am

    I haven’t made bagels in ages, but they look terrific Ahu! They are a bit of work, but such an accomplishment!

    • ahu August 3, 2014, 8:19 am

      Thanks Paula – a great compliment coming from you! 🙂 Totally worth the work.

  • Tania@my kitchen stories August 3, 2014, 6:18 pm

    Yay congratulations. They look great and you have made it sound so easy.

  • Sara | Belly Rumbles August 17, 2014, 10:14 am

    I have been wanting to make bagels for ages. Your gluten free look ones look amazing!

    • Ahu Shahrabani August 17, 2014, 11:13 am

      Thank you Sara – unfortunately they are the opposite of being gluten-free – they are HIGH gluten! If you can eat gluten I definitely recommend this recipe!

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