New York Style Bagels
Having drafts is such a boon! I don't seem to enjoy having them often! So imagine my surprise when I found that I actually had one unnoticed :) I made Bagels a long while back and this type of Bagel is called New York Style Bagel. We love bagels and I have made quite a lot of them with variations galore.There are basically two types of bagels : The New York style Bagels are very puffy, fat and rounded. They contain salt and malt and is boiled in water before baking in a oven. Because of this the Bagels puff up and also form crusty surface. The Montreal bagels are smaller and chewier - where they are boiled first in honey sweetened water before finally baking them in wood-fired ovens. They usually are accompanied with a heavy topping of seasame seeds and black poppy seeds. It contains malt, egg and is salt less. I like the seed toppings and thus have used them for these bagels here which is a Food Network Chef - Emeril Lagasse's recipe. I reduced his recipe to make 6 bagles and also changed his method to suit my preference and make it easier on me. I used topping for two of them and kept the rest plain.
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  • Yields: Makes 6 Bagels
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 pckt active dry yeast (approx 2-1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1-1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Toppings (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • few spoons of toasted onions
1. Combine the water, yeast, and sugar in the bowl. Let it stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
2. Gradually add the flour, few cups at a time and the salt, and mix until the mixture comes together with a wooden spoon ( hands preferable).
3. It should be a stiff dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, about 5 minutes, adding just as much flour as needed.
4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat with little oil.
5. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, approx 1 hour.
6. Remove from the bowl and punch down the dough. Divide into 6 equal pieces. Roll into a circle, using your finger poke a hole in the middle. Place on a lightly greased surface, covered with a clean cloth, and let rest until risen a tad about 20 to 30 minutes.
7. Bring a large skillet of water to a boil. Add about 1 tbsp of sugar to the water. Drop the bagels into them for about 45 second to a minute, turning them in the middle.
8. Remove and lay them on a greased baking sheet.
9. Use any topping you like at this time, if at all, cos it will stick on the wet surface.
10. Bake for about 5-10 minutes in a preheated 400F oven until golden/crusty on the surface.. Updated This baking time varies from oven to oven. While it used to take 15-20min in my previous Oven, it takes only about 5-10 minutes in my current oven after which it dries out and becomes hard. I think the trick to know the correct time would be when the surface of your bagels gets slightly golden. It gets crusty even after taking it out of the oven and during the cooling process. This will be a trial and error for every oven.
11. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

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By Sumati on Jun 26, 2013


Everyone in my family is really fond of Bagels and so i tried them but i think I failed on the first step itself, I should have done the yeast step again but I thought maybe it was because of the difference in brand and stuff. I used 1-1/2 powdered sugar, 2-1/2 active yeast and 1 cup water but it didn't get this foamy. I guess what I am asking is was it because the sugar was powered or was it because the yeast was less.....or ofcourse could it be because the water wasn't warm enough. I am not sure, but that one prolem led to another and the dough didn't rise, they didn't boil well and ultimately were all raw inside when taken out from the oven...even though the top layer did give me some hope :( please help!


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By Ranjana on Oct 15, 2012

I made it exactly according to your instructions and they turned out great!!..Thanks

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By Mili on Dec 9, 2015

Can I prepare this using an All Purpose Flour?

By Dr swamy on Jun 27, 2013

I was wondering only machine can make bagel.Your recipe is a good souurce to try. In India we used to make blackgram vadai. The shape will look like bagel. If anybody wants to try pl. contact me Dr.Swamy

By ShaunaB on Mar 6, 2013

A little tip on getting toppings to stick is to brush a little egg white on before adding toppings. :-D

By Wholegrain on Feb 14, 2010

If you haven't already, try toasting the sesame seeds (dry pan, medium flame - until lightly browned). This increases the flavor by at minimum 1000% and they will not be burned up by baking. Sprinkle as normal as the topping.

By Sowmya on Dec 25, 2009

hi DK, Thanks for a wonderful recipe and presentation of the steps. I tried this recipe and it came out very well Thanks Sowmya

Thanks for the feedback Sowmya :) --DK

By Ruthey on Jun 13, 2009

Can these be made into garlic bagels? My husband loves them but we cannot find them in our area.

Oh absolutely Ruthey! Once these bagels are done, slice them into half lengthwise into round disks. Spray with PAM or little melted butter - sprinkle garlic powder. Do the same on the other side and broil them until crisp. Cool them a bit and enjoy! I love these.....--DK

By SM on Jun 5, 2009

Sadly ..mine turned out really tasteless! i cant do anything but throw them all out..:( Maybe i shud've first tried with all purpose flour.. BUt the pics look really good DK...n process is really simple! Maybe next time i 'll get them rite!

Thats indeed sad....but can you identify where exactly you went wrong? See the process steps - This is made with APF - did u remember to add salt? did it rise well? did you remember to rise it twice? Was it boiled properly and not too long? Check which step was different (from the process pictures), so that next time you can make sure it does not happen - these take effort and no one likes to see the effort going waste...I surely wish that it works out well for you next time....which am sure it will!--DK

By Pearlsofeast on Mar 17, 2009

Fantastic recipe. I have bookmarked it.

By DK on Mar 17, 2009

@Stepjchows : It takes me approx 5-10 minutes for the slightly golden crust...After removing the color deepens. The time is depending on the size it has puffed up during the rest of the process me thinks. The timing varies from oven to oven and the surrounding temp. I have updated the post to accomodate the timings.

By stephchows on Mar 17, 2009

Wait you only bake them for 5-8 minutes??? They really bake that fast??

By SriLekha on Mar 17, 2009

wow the bagels looks scrumptious
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By DK on Mar 17, 2009

@trupti - thanks dear :)

@Divs - yeah they are..isnt it least these is one of those rare ones with this procedure..from what I know of :)

@Gita - hahaha- would u believe if I say that I am not that a patient person? These get done in a jiffy! May be thats why I had no trouble..U shud try, u will know what I am talking about :)

@Nags - what can I say except that they indeed are easy.Dont give me more credit than I deserve :) :)

@plowlady : You are absolutely right in thinking that way! Justified since I love love them. Yes - I understand exactly what U ask me since I prefer them the same way. Make sure while baking though - too much baking makes it v crunchy with the insides becoming hard slightly...too less in the oven - makes them soft overall. This correct timings varies from oven to oven. In my previous oven that used to take 10-15 minutes while in this current one, it takes only 5. I think when the top gets lightly golden, remove them immedietly. Cooling it makes the surface crustier and the inside remains soft and bready :) Hope I answered ur question.:)

@siri : thanks sweetie :)

@notyet100 : am sure u will love it

@sweatha : whole wheat ones are interesting too...I made them last year thinking may be it wont be that great, but they tasted awesome :)

@Karuna : Bagels are not going anywhere sweetie..they will wait for you until u have time for them :)

@Raaga : Make it Raaga..u will love them. Things are hectic as always..we are up for our public release finally..will send u mail :)

@Indhu : I am blushing right now :) can you see that ;)

@Alka : hahaha! u r funny :) I am also keep shhhhhhhhh till u make them. :) pssst : wud luv to know how it turns out when u do :)

@long island girl : wow that was fast. I am glad that u liked them :)

@HC : Thanks HC

@Laavanya : They r easy dear..u will know when u try it...:)

@Madhu: Thanks :)

@Bee - Thanks Bee. Pleasure's all mine :) :) :)

By bee on Mar 17, 2009

made your ginger cookies and loved them. thank you.

By Madhumathi on Mar 17, 2009

The bagels look perfect!!Will try this soon..

By Laavanya on Mar 17, 2009

THat looks perfect DK - how neat of you to make these at home. First you tempted me with pretzels and now the bagels.

By Happy cook on Mar 17, 2009

Looks beautiful and perfect,

By long island girl on Mar 17, 2009

the recipe is very helpful. this is my first time making it and i just followed the instructions and voila!! it is very delicious and everything is perfect.

By Alka on Mar 17, 2009

I never have tasted bagels,but all that i had heard from Hubby dear about the bagels he stuffed to survive (he had very less veg. options),these look too perfect
Thanks for sharing,and once i get my oven,i am surely gonna surprise him with this. Till then...shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

By Indhu on Mar 17, 2009

awesome recipe.. the bagels look soo professional :)
I visit your blog atleast 10 times a day and love looking at all the recipes :)

By Raaga on Mar 17, 2009

Been wanting to try making bagels for ages now... almost 2 years. Will try this summer for sure. Yours look lovely.

How have you been?

By karuna on Mar 16, 2009

this is outstanding.....i love ure motivation to keep posting such nice recipes. love it, love it , love it. I am struggling to juggle so many things right now, i really need to organise myslef. loved the bagels. perfect

By Curry Leaf on Mar 16, 2009

Perfect bagels.I too have made whole wheat ones earlier.Love it DK.

By notyet100 on Mar 16, 2009

gonna try this for sure,..mybe today,..:-)

By Siri on Mar 16, 2009

Thats an interesting way to make the bagels da. :) they look so good. P.E.R.F.E.C.T.O! :D


By Plowlady on Mar 16, 2009

ok, before trying this recipe, I HAVE to ask you something..being a NY'r, there are NO other bagels like ours, seriously! Does this recipe make them crunchy crust (should make a snap or crunch sound when you bite into it) and have a tender inside, chewy...not 'thick' feeling at all...hard to explain, but it's VERY important they do you understand what I'm asking?

By Nags on Mar 16, 2009

bookmarked!! You do make it look really really easy :)

By Gita's Kitchen on Mar 16, 2009

Wow Dk you have so much patience and it has paid! The bagels look so soft and perfect. I have never tried baking bagels but I think I can give them a try after seeing your step by step procedures..thanks dear :)

By Gita's Kitchen on Mar 16, 2009

Wow Dk you have so much patience and it has paid! The bagels look so soft and perfect. I have never tried baking bagels but I think I can give them a try after seeing your step by step procedures..thanks dear :)

By Divya Vikram on Mar 16, 2009

I did not know that bagels were boiled before getting baked. looks professional Dhiv.

By Trupti on Mar 16, 2009

wow DK Bagels looks very delicious. Nice photos

By DK on Mar 16, 2009

Thanks Pavani :) And I will make those spelt recipes soon..lined them to come soon :)

Thanks Poornima..:)

Thanks Lavanya...they are easy indeed

Sure Uma...all of them for you..:)

Thanks Ninette - They are simple indeed. I thought they were fussy until I found this wonders everytime.

Thanks Anu - also for pointing out that I skipped the temp. Its 400F - have updated the post too. This method is indeed simple.

By Arundathi on Mar 16, 2009

looking good, dk! i love bagels and have tried so many recipes but yours sounds the simplest by far. one question - at what temperature is the oven?

By Priya on Mar 16, 2009

Delicious Bagels..would love to pick from the picture itself..amazing work Dk...

By Ninette Enrique on Mar 16, 2009

Hi, you piqued my interest in your TS caption that said bagels were easy! I wouldn't have thought to try to make them, but your pictorial did make it look easy. Thank you!

By Uma on Mar 16, 2009

Wow, gorgeous bagels! How about passing that to me? Yummy!

By Lavanya on Mar 16, 2009

looks yummy DK, very easy to to me!!

By Poornima Nair on Mar 16, 2009

Wow...the bagels look perfect...din't know they were made this way...

By Pavani on Mar 16, 2009

Wow DK.. You are awesome. You are like a baking queen. Never ever thought of making bagels at home.. Looks like a simple process, your pics look great. btw I never got around baking a bread. May be I'll bake something for Mansi's-Quick bread event. Have a great day.