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With all the bread and bready-like items I’ve had on this here ol blog, you can probably tell that this girl has never met a carb she didn’t like. 🍞. Oh yeah!  And today’s recipe is no exception. I’ve been trying a lot of different bagel recipes lately, trying to find the perfect one.  And I finally found one that is scrumptious.  I made a lot of flat, sad bagel UFO discs to get to this point. (Cue the X-Files theme music).

When I was a kid I, like most children, spent a great deal of time watching cartoons.  Unlike a lot of kids, though, I somehow ended up watching cartoons from the 30s and 40s, which is probably why I love movies from those decades. mI saw Daffy Duck testing bombs, not thinking anything of it.

One particular cartoon featured a pair of poor, hungry kids who have a dream where they’re in a land of candy and treats. This cartoon is equal parts squee and nightmare fuel, like most cartoons from that time. The part I remember best is  where the kids run through a rainstorm of donuts and bagels. This sounds like my kind of dream. 😀

Basically what this comes down to is I want it to rain these bagels right now.  Let’s make this dream a reality, shall we?


Now you might be thinking “Bagels?  I don’t know. How different can they be from store-bought ones?”  Well, dear readers, I thought the same thing too. Then I took a bite. Now I’m a believer. Lovely crust. Nice chewy interior. Makes you smile when you add a smear of cream cheese on it.

Now I do have to mention that bagels do take quite a few steps. This isn’t a dump cake that you can have made in fifteen minutes.  But stick with it.  I think you’ll like them.  Plus, on the upside, this recipe has significantly fewer steps than others I tried.  So huzzah!🎉

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to go change the lyrics to Wham’s “Wake Me Up, Before You Go Go” to be about my love for carbs.  Possible? I think so. 😀

(From a bagel recipe on Natural Chow)


  • For the Dough:
  • 1½ cups warm water (110 degrees F.)
  • 1 tbsp. yeast
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • For water bath:
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  1. For the dough, pour the water into the bowl of an electric mixer, and sprinkle in the yeast and brown sugar. Let this sit for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add in the flour and salt and mix with a dough hook on low speed until dough sticks together in a ball.
  3. Remove the dough and knead on a lightly floured surface for ten minutes.
  4. Place the dough in a large greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and let it raise for 1½ hours.
  5. Place the dough back on the floured surface and divide into eight equal balls of dough. Shape them with your hands until they are smooth balls.
  6. Cover with a towel again and let them rest for thirty minutes.
  7. While the balls of dough are resting, start the water bath. Heat the water and brown sugar up to a gentle boil in a large pan. For this, I use a roasting pan that you'd use at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  8. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  9. Use your pointer finger to poke a hole in the center of each dough ball. Twirl the dough on your finger until the hole is about 2 inches wide.
  10. Place the bagels on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  11. Place the bagels, two or three at at a time, into the simmering water. You may have to raise the water temp if it stops simmering.
  12. Simmer the bagels for two minutes on the first side, then flip them with the handle of a wooden spoon and simmer them on the other side for an additional minute.
  13. Remove the bagels with the handle of a wooden spoon and return them back to the baking sheet after they have simmered. Continue until all bagels are done.
  14. Bake the bagels for 25 minutes, or until browned to your liking.


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  • Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats September 8, 2015, 1:19 pm

    I’ve never made homemade bagels but from the looks of it I need to try them! Delicious!

    • Amanda September 8, 2015, 1:30 pm

      It ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be. Some of the other recipes I tried had way too many steps. 😀

  • Michele @ Two Raspberries September 8, 2015, 9:08 pm

    I have NEVER made my own bagels! these look awesome totally need to try making my own now! 😉

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