Step-by-step bagel recipe

This homemade bagel recipe proves that you can make chewy bagel at your home with only few basic ingredients. They taste fresher and cheaper to make to.

Ingredients required are:

250g of all-purpose flour

4g of salt

160g of warm water

10g of sugar

2g of yeast

1 tablespoon of brown sugar for bagel water bath.


Step 1 – pre-ferment yeast

In a clean jug, melt yeast and sugar in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Step 2 – dough kneading

Mix pre-ferment yeast liquid into flour and salt, stir well with a spatula until flour are incorporated into the liquid. Knead the dough vigorously for at least 5 minutes, or used a stand mixer with kneading hook to work on the dough.

Step 3 – first proofing

Cover the doughs with a tea towel and allow the dough to raise for 30 minutes.

Step 4 – shaping

Lightly dust a clean, dry work surface, roll the doughs to expel all the air captured in the proofed dough. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions, and cover with a cling wrap and rest for 15 minutes.

Shape each portion into a ball, use your thumb to create a hole in the center of each ball, then stretch the hole until it is about 2 cm in diameter.

Step 5 – second proofing

Proof these bagels for another 30 minutes.

Step 6 – water bath

Fill a large pot with 1 littre of water. Whisk in brown sugar. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high. Drop bagels in, make sure they have enough room to loat around. Cook the bagels for 30 seconds on each side.

Step 7 – baking

Bake the bagels in a preheated oven at 180c for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.