Recipes / Savoury


New York Style Homemade Bagels.

Who wants homemade easy New York Style Bagels?! I hope the answer to that is yes. And if it is yes, well, simply put, you’re in the right place. I’m here to share a super simple, basic cupboard-ingredient recipe that will transform a few simple staples into chewy fresh bagels.

This bagel recipe is delicious and results in perfection (if I don’t say so myself|). It doesn’t require as much dedication as other bagel recipes you might find online and simply put, it doesn’t take 2 days to make! It’s a same-day recipe that comes together in around about 3 hours.

As a bagel lover, there isn’t much that beats a fresh bagel lathered with cream cheese and trust me, I have high standards which is why it’s probably taken me so long to make my own. But, lockdown 3.0 happened and well, let’s just say I can’t eat any more banana bread.

Shiny crusts, modestly sweet with a chewy centre, these bagels are made in the traditional way, boiling them in water just before baking. I added a tsp of baking powder and salt to the boiling water before adding in the bagels as I read that this helps them shine up whilst cooking. I think it worked, but this was my first time. Apparently, honey can do the same. I’d probably try that the next time I make these babies.

I felt such a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I made these and I know you will too. So without further ado, here are the all important recipe dEATs!

Serving Size.

Makes 8 bagels.


  • 6g Active Dry Yeast
  • 19g Granulated Sugar
  • 300ml Warm Water
  • 440g Bread Flour (+ additional for kneading)
  • 6g Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Toppings (see below for ideas)


  1. In a small bowl, place the yeast, sugar and 120ml of warm water. Do not stir. Let it sit for five minutes. After five minutes, stir until the yeast and sugar have dissolved.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Make a well in the middle, pour in the yeast and sugar mixture.
  3. Add 80ml of warm water into the well. Mix and stir in the rest of the 100ml warm water remaining. You want a moist and firm dough once it is fully mixed. Add extra water if necessary.
  4. On a floured surface, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Top tip: work in as much flour as possible to form a firm and stiff dough.
  5. Lightly brush the mixing bowl with oil and coat the dough.
  6. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel, let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size.
  7. After an hour, punch down the dough and let it rest for a further 10 minutes.
  8. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. I used a scale to make sure they were equal in weight.
  9. Shape each piece into ball, press it gently against the surface, moving your hand and the ball in a circular motion pulling the dough into itself until a dough ball forms. Repeat for 7 remaining balls.
  10. Coat a finger in flour, press into the center of each dough ball forming a ring/ doughnut shape. Stretch the ring to form a small hole, then place on a lightly oiled baking tray. Repeat as necessary.
  11. After all bagels are shaped and on the baking tray, cover with a damp tea towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
  13. Bring a large pot of water to a boil adding a tsp of baking powder and salt. Reduce the heat, lower the bagels into the water. Let them boil for 1 minute before flipping.
  14. Once boiled, coat with egg wash and add your desired toppings*.
  15. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.
  16. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  17. Enjoy!

Topping Ideas*.

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Nigella Seeds/ Black Onion Seeds
  • Four Seed Mix
  • Cinnamon
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Coarse Salt
  • Everything Bagel Mix

I opted for for nigella seeds, four seed mix and plain but when I make these again, I’ll be sure to use cinnamon and everything bagel mix.

It’s been a while since I uploaded a savoury recipe and I’ll definitely be adding more bread-themed recipes during this lockdown. Perhaps sourdough is the next one to tackle.

I really loved these and I know you will too. Any questions, please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them! Be sure to tag me on Instagram too so I can see your wonderful re-creations!

Amy xo.

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