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Authentic New York-Style Homemade Bagels

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ready in: 1-2 hrs
serves/makes:   8

recipe id: 3200
cook method: oven, stovetop
Authentic New York-Style Homemade Bagels Recipe
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1 1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees F)
1 tablespoon dry active yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons malt syrup
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour (more if needed)

Kettle Water

6 quarts water
2 tablespoons malt syrup or powder
1 teaspoon salt

Toppings (optional)

sesame seeds
poppy seeds
minced fresh garlic
minced fresh onion
caraway seeds
coarse salt
corn meal for sprinkling baking sheets (optional)


In a large mixing bowl, stir together water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes.

With a wooden spoon, stir in oil, malt and one cup of the flour. Add salt, then enough of remaining flour to make a stiff dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead for 10 to 12 minutes. Cover with a floured dish towel and allow dough to rest on a board for about 15 minutes.

Divide dough into 8 sections and form each section into 10-inch long strips. Roll the ends together to seal and make a ring. Place on a lightly floured surface, cover, and let bagels rest 15 to 20 minutes, rising about halfway and becoming slightly puffy.

Meanwhile, fill a large cooking pot or Dutch oven three quarters full with water. Add the malt syrup and salt.

Bring water to a boil. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with baking parchment and, if desired, sprinkle generously with corn meal. Set aside.

Line two other baking sheets with a kitchen towel, set near your stove. Reduce boiling water to a simmer and cook 2 bagels at a time (do not crowd the pot). Simmer bagels for about 45 seconds on one side, then turn and cook other side for another 45 seconds and then drain bagels on the towel-lined baking sheet.

Carefully place bagels on the parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake bagels plain or sprinkle with a topping of your choice. Place in the hot oven, immediately reduce heat to 425 degrees F, and bake about 17 to 25 minutes. When almost baked, turn bagels over (a pair of tongs do the job easily). If you have a baking stone, finish bagels on the stone directly. Transfer bagels to wire rack to cool.

cook's notes

These freeze well, which helps to retain a just-baked taste, if they aren't all eaten on the first day. To freeze, slice cooled bagels first, place a small strip of plastic between the bagel halves and place in a plastic self-sealing freezer bag. When you're ready for a bagel, they'll come apart easily, ready to pop into the toaster/oven and enjoy.

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307 calories, 2 grams fat, 61 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in fat.
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Hands down, best bagels ever. EVER!

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Jun 2, 2014

Mike Lieberman
This looks like a great recipe but Barley Malt Syrup is completely unavailable to me in the Philippines. I know that such a malt must be sweet. I have access to corn syrup, to molasses both light and dark. What may I use as a substitute?

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Molasses should be a decent substitute however you'll need to add just a little more than the malt syrup called for. The recipe calls for 2 tsp malt syrup so you'll need to use 3 tsp molasses.

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Awesome! Finally some good bagels in this small town! :)

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I have tried a few different bagel recipes, and this one is by far the best one yet. Being from New York, born and raised, I think I know a good bagel. This recipe was impressive for a homemade bagel. I can't say it compares to my "favorite" bagel shops bagels, but really pretty close, and much better than some places I have tried. I highly recommend an egg wash though. I also cooked mine an extra 10 minutes to acheive the color they needed to be, but that may be my oven. The texture was great, and they have that great chew that a good bagel should have. In all honesty, I actually forgot to add the oil, and still they came out amazing. This recipe was very easy, and didn't take very long at all. A big thank you to the creator & poster of this one...

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Absolutely LOVE this recipe. I make them for my family weekly and pre-cut them and freeze them with wax paper between them and my teens toast them for breakfast.

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Great recipe! I followed the recipe exactly and turned out great.

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I've tried other bagel recipes but I keep coming back to this one. It works the best of the ones I've tried.

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I was skeptical at first, but I'm a believer now! These aren't a lot like the authentic NYC bagels, so I'm still tweaking the recipe to get it near or close. These bagels are still light years ahead of anything you will find at the grocery store. I used King Arthur bread flour, still added 1 Tbsp of gluten, and only 1 Tbsp molasses. The egg wash is a must! I use the dough feature on my bread machine, and remove it after the 2nd knead. You may have to add a couple Tbsp of water still to get the last bit of flour to meld to the big ball.

I'm so happy I found this recipe. I had no idea that homemade bagels were this fast or easy to make!

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These are the BEST homemade bagels, hands down! Look no further for the perfect bagel recipe. I'm serious! They are more work than some other recipes but if you want good results you have to put in the effort. And you'll thank me for it! I absolutely can't stop eating them when I make them. I want to try freezing them as the instructions mention but never have any left to freeze. My teenage boys eat them as fast as I can make them.

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Best bagels in the world!!! I have made these dozens of times already and will continue to do so.. I wanted NY bagels after having them on a trip to the city and I'm now convinced that i make the best bagels in Miami .. I use molasses and one time i used 2 tablespoons by mistake and they came out even better .. I swear I will make this recepie for the rest of my life

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This is a good base recipe. The few times I've used it, I've found that 4 1/2 cups of flour is too much. The dough simply doesn't seem to want to take more than 2 cups. Maybe this is because I use vital wheat gluten. If I don't use that, I can't get real bagel texture and I'm not using Gold Medal or anything. I always use King Arthur Bread Flour.

Also, I let the dough rise for an hour and I boil for 2 minutes on each side.

This is the closest I get to real bagels at home and it's very fast.

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Awesome bagels! We were skeptical, but super pleased with the results! Will make over and over.