I love fresh bagels. Bagels for breakfast, toasted with cream cheese. Bagel sandwiches with fresh cut meats, tomato slices and lettuce. A good fresh New York style bagel with a crusty exterior and fresh doughy middle- yum! So when my husband said he was making homemade everything bagels, I was excited. My husband is a perfectionist in the kitchen and he does things right. He takes his time, he cooks from scratch, and he gets excited about the science of baking. Here is the everything bagels recipe he used and let me tell you, it was delicious!
Everything Bagels Recipe
My husband used the Water Bagels Recipe from King Arthur Flour. He made some minor adjustments which I will include below and he made his own everything bagels seasoning mix to top them with. For the basic recipe, I will just refer you to the King Arthur website here. The recipe below includes my husband’s adjustments.
How To Make Homemade Bagels:
After you combine the ingredients and knead the dough till smooth, the King Arthur recipe suggests you shape the dough into a ball, place it in a lightly greased bowl covered with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow it to rise till doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
My husband did the first step above in the evening and then he put the dough to proof (rise) in the refrigerator overnight (instead of the the 1 to 1 1/2 hours at room temperature suggested above.) Yeast still works in the refrigerator to rise but the process is slowed. He did this so that the bagels would already be started and he could cook them fresh for us to eat for breakfast.
In the morning, he pulled out the dough, punched it down and transferred it to a lightly greased work surface. He cut the dough in to 16 pieces and shaped into balls and then allowed them to rest for 30 minutes to come up to room temperature.
He then prepared the water and brought it to a boil as suggested by King Arthur while he shaped out his bagels. My husband used a finger to poke a hole in the middle and then rotated it about on a finger from each hand to stretch the hole larger. He made the hole about 2 inches because he knew it would shrink back as it cooked.
He followed the directions for the boiling water bath and removed them as directed.
Then before baking the homemade bagels as directed by King Arthur, he made an egg wash with one egg and a teaspoon of water (just beat together). After laying each bagel on the baking sheet, he brushed each bagel with egg wash and then sprinkled with his “everything” spice mix (below) which he made up himself.
Bake homemade bagels as directed in a preheated 425°F oven for 20 minutes, or until they’re a deep golden brown. Cool on a rack.
Everything Bagels Seasoning Recipe:
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/2 tbs granulated onion
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Just mix the everything bagels seasoning together in a small bowl or jar. You will probably have enough everything bagels spice mix to use for two batches.
Printable Everything Bagels Recipe
I am sure you will love the results of this everything bagels recipe. These homemade bagels truly are the classic New York style bagels that will make a bagel lover out of anyone! Do you think you will try making homemade bagels?