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Everything Bagels

Everything Bagels
These everything bagels, made completely from scratch, taste just like your favorite bakery’s variety. Follow these detailed step-by-step instructions to make bagels at home. See video tutorial below.
Yield 8 bagels




  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110-115°F)
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Quick Rise Yeast
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar (or barley malt syrup – see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons table salt

Water bath

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup honey (or barley malt syrup – see notes)


  • (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic flakes
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • Egg wash: 1 egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon water


  • Prepare the dough: Measure 1 1/2 cups warm water in a liquid measuring cup or bowl. Whisk in the yeast until completely dissolved. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment (see notes for other mixing/kneading methods), beat the flour, brown sugar, and salt for a few seconds on medium speed. With the mixer running on medium speed, slowly drizzle in the yeast mixture making sure to scrape out yeast with a spatula.
  • Switch mixer to low speed and mix until all the flour has been worked into the dough. The dough will look shredded; that's ok. Once it appears this way, increase the speed to medium and knead for 8 minutes. The dough is incredibly stiff and will be somewhat dry; do not be tempted to add more liquid. During the 8 minutes, if the dough splits or breaks apart– stop the mixer and fold the dough back together with your hands– then continue to knead until smooth and cohesive.
  • Lightly grease a large bowl with oil or spray with nonstick spray. Shape dough into a ball and place in the bowl, turning it to coat all sides in the oil. Loosely cover the bowl with aluminum foil or a clean kitchen towel and allow the dough to rise at room temperature for about 90 minutes. You want the dough to be larger and puffy, but not quite doubled in size.
  • Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Place a wire rack over a third baking sheet. Set all three aside.
  • Shape the bagels: When the dough is ready, gently punch it down if you notice any air bubbles. Turn it out onto a clean surface. It will still be a little stiff– not sticky. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Just eyeball it. Makes no difference if one is slightly larger than another. Shape each piece into a ball and place 4 balls onto each of the two lined baking sheet. Then, hold up one ball and press your index finger through the center to make a hole. Poke two fingers through and widen the hole by rotating your fingers in a circular motion. You want the hole about 1 1/2 – 2 inches in diameter. Repeat with remaining dough balls. Cover the shaped bagels with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rest as you prep the water bath.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  • Water bath: Fill a large, wide pan with 2 quarts of water. Whisk in the honey. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat to medium or medium-high so that the water remains simmering. Drop bagels in, 2-4 at a time, making sure they have enough room to float around. Cook the bagels for 1 minute on each side. Transfer each bagel to the wire rack with a slotted spoon. They will look a little shriveled– that's ok!
  • Topping: Mix together the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced onion, dried garlic flakes, and coarse salt in a bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash on top and around the sides of each bagel, then sprinkle each with the 'everything topping' mixture; OR you can dip the top of each bagel directly into the 'everything topping' mixture.
  • Place 4 of the bagels back onto each of the lined baking sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. You want the bagels to be a dark golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow bagels to cool on the baking sheets for 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Slice, toast, top, whatever you want! Enjoy your homemade everything bagels.
  • Make ahead tip: These bagels freeze wonderfully! Freeze them for up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then warm to your liking.


Overnight Instructions: Prepare the dough through step 4, allowing the dough to rise overnight in the refrigerator. The slow rise gives the bagels wonderful flavor! In the morning, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let the dough rise for 45 minutes at room temperature. Continue with step 5. I don’t recommend shaping the bagels the night before as they may puff up too much overnight.
Freezing Instructions: Baked bagels freeze wonderfully! Freeze them for up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature, then warm to your liking. You can also freeze the bagel dough. After punching down the dough in step 6, wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then punch the dough down again to release any air bubbles. Continue with the rest of step 6.
Barley malt syrup is a little hard to find, but truly gives bagels that traditional malty flavor we all know and love. Most natural food stores carry it. The brown sugar in the dough and honey in the water bath are good alternatives to barley malt syrup — either works just fine!
Everything Bagel Seasoning: Use store-bought everything bagel seasoning if desired. You can mix and match these seasonings, add more/less of any, leave 1 out, etc. These are just basic measurements to follow.
Other mixing/kneading methods:
  1. Bread Machine: Place the dough ingredients into the pan of the machine. Program the machine to dough or manual, then start. After 9-10 minutes, the dough will be quite stiff. Allow the machine to complete its cycle, then continue with the recipe.
  2. By Hand: If you do not have a mixer, you can mix the dough together in a large bowl then knead by hand for 10-15 minutes.
Recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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Review & Comments

Sue LaPointe | Reply

I have not tried to make bagels yet but I really appreciate all the comments in the directions that tell what can “go wrong” or look different and that it is okay for that to happen. It will alleviate anxiety when I do make them which will be soon. Thanks

Jan | Reply

5 stars
This recipe for Everything Bagels is great and easy. This was my first try ever to make Bagles and will do it again. I used Honey in the boiling water for the first step in cooking. I usually check out a few recipes for the item I’m cooking to make sure its a good source for me, but this recipe is so good I didn’t go any farther. I plan to add this recipe to my “Favorite Recipes” in a very special book I keep. I sliced and froze them so I am anxious to see if they thaw and toast well.

Andrea | Reply

The bagels are easy to make and very satisfying to eat. Chewy, crusty, tasty – everything you want in a bagel.
I don’t have a dough hook, so used a regular hand mixer and a lot of kneading. I will be making these again!
Publix sells an “Everything Bagel” seasoning mix in the bakery department, and I used that. It’s convenient but quite salty, so I might use a different seasoning next time.

Richard | Reply

5 stars
I printed this recipe almost exactly one year ago and must say that it’s OUTSTANDING!! At best, I consider myself a mediocre baker so don’t be afraid to try this. Other than a few dark bottoms early on (watch your bake time), I have not had a failure with this recipe. It did however, give my mixer a hernia!! If I were to offer any suggestions, it would be to skip the barley malt syrup and stick with the brown sugar and honey. Also, I make a quadruple batch of topping (with a little less salt) cuz you just can’t get enough of this good stuff. I put some in a soup bowl and dip the bagels (good coverage that way). When done, I pre-cut them and then freeze them.

Marilyn Lee | Reply

5 stars
They “were” delicious. I am making again today and doubling the recipe this time! Don’t miss out – these bagels are easy and delicious.

Marilyn Lee | Reply

5 stars
I haven’t tasted these beautiful bagels yet, but they look incredible in the oven and smell wonderful!

This recipe was so easy to follow – bagels are quite easy and I am surprised at this.

If you have everything prepared in advanced, it definitely helps.

I’m having a bagel as soon as it is out of the oven – hot or not!!!

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