Which Bagel Recipe Will You Try First? 10 Awesome Bagel Recipes

by | Nov 20, 2015 | Jewish Food

I think it is time to find a good bagel recipe. When I started baking challah for the Shiksa’s Challah Challenge, I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed baking it.

What was more surprising is just how much challah I have baked. In just a few weeks I have made over half a dozen loaves of bread, and have been trying to figure out what to do with them. With it just being Hubby and me, we can’t eat that much challah!

To satisfy my new love of baking, I decided that I would try bagels this time. In fact I went and declared to our Facebook followers, on twitter and instagram so now I have to follow through right? It can’t be harder than challah can it?

So I went looking for a bagel recipe and these look like some I would like to try. There are hard ones, easier ones and of course some exotic or different ones. And since I now know that I can bake, I am encouraging you to bake with me!

Pick a bagel recipe below, try it out, and let us know how it goes. We can all suffer through it together! Although I think it may be easier than I am making it out to be in my mind.

As I look through these bagel recipes it looks like there will be more technique involved. Something about boiling them? uh oh, maybe I am in a little over my head.

1. First Bagel Recipe I am Going to Try

This first recipe comes from Seriouseats.com It looked the least daunting that I found. Will let you know how it goes!


2. Express Bagel Recipe

Food.com has a great express bagel recipe that has 5 stars all around. Takes only 1 1/2 hours to make these bagels, but they tell you to use instant not dry active yeast to shorten the cooking time.


3. New York Style Bagel Recipe

Adapted from a recipe from the cookbook Ultimate Bread which seems to be out of print. But I am sure you can find a second hand copy on Amazon. Kam from the Sophisticated Gourmet made these bagels and included the recipe in his new book as they were so popular, So why not try them! I must say they look amazing! New York Bagels are known to be soft, chewy and doughy. Let me know how they turn out!

4. The Best Homemade Bagels

According to Margaret Anne over at Natural Chow.com, Her bagel recipe made up of only 8 ingredients is easy to make, and taste incredible. However as they take 3 hours to make, she says it’s a pain to wake up at 5 am to have bagels ready for 8 am. So maybe make them for lunch instead of breakfast!

5. Apple Cinnamon Bagel Recipe

My mouth drooled when I found this bagel recipe from savvybaker.com. What a wonderful twist on traditional bagels! They are made with whole wheat and bread flour and are made without the use of a bread maker. I guess I will have to go find some cinnamon chips and try this one too! These would be great to serve over the holiday season, or if you have a lot of family over during Thanksgiving or Rosh Hashanah.

6. Chocolate Chip Bagel Recipe

I found this chocolate chip bagel recipe from abeautifulruckus.com. First off props to this mom as she is the mother of quads that were born in 2011! The resaon I chose this recipe is that I LOVE chocolate chip bagels. Who doesn’t right? I just feel like they are more of a guilty pleasure then breakfast! Not only do you get the chocolate chip recipe but you also get the recipe for the Asiago bagels. Her husband loves Panera and this is why she decided to try them. I guess he has really good taste!

7. Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

When I saw the photos on Sally’s Baking Addiction, I couldn’t resist including them! Not only do they look delicious I bet they are delicious! I love how she has included the recipe and all of the photos to show you each step. For a beginner baker like me that is really important. I can only ever eat cinnamon raisin bagels with butter or margarine.¬†Some people put cream cheese on them but that just seems weird to me. How do you like to eat cinnamon raisin bagels? Comment below and share with us!

8. Montreal Style Bagel Recipe

Being from Canada I had to include a Montreal Style bagel recipe! These bagels are known to be smaller, have a larger hole, thinner, sweeter and denser than New York Style bagels. mysecondbreakfast.com has a great recipe to try. And she is from Montreal so I think she knows what she is doing. In my experience make sure you eat them hot and right our of the oven. They are delicious but they go hard really fast!

9. King Arthur Flour’s Bagel Recipe

King Arthur Flour has a somewhat simple recipe for bagels with or without using a bread maker.

10. Rainbow Bagel Recipe

On Instagram there are a lot of rainbow bagel photos from a bagel shop in New York City called The Bagel Store. They are famous for their rainbow bagels. Now you can make them at home with this recipe from Nerdy Mamma. Be warned however that they take 2 days to make, so plan for some fun!

So we hope you choose a recipe and go try it! Chance are you will love baking like I do now and your family will love you for the fresh homemade bagels! Please comment below how your bagel baking went! We would love to know! Or share your photos on our facebook page!

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