I’m all about things being simple, and these easy bagels for beginners are so delicious! I started making bagels with this recipe but changed it a bit to my own liking and laziness. Also, make sure to comment below if you want a video tutorial for these beautiful things!
Easy Bagels for Beginners
- 2 TBSP Yeast
- 2 TBSP Honey
- 1 TBSP Salt
- 2 1/2 c lukewarm water
- Pinch of citric acid (optional) for to preserve freshness for longer
- 7-8 cups of flour until it is no longer sticky (I’ll be honest, I forgot to count, and you’ll need a little bit for the bottoms)
Make an egg wash for brushing the bagels with 1 egg and 3 tablespoons water.
Let the dough rise for 1-2 hours, punch the dough down and cut into 16 sections. Roll the sections into balls. To make the ball into a bagel all you need to do is put a little flour on your finger (or thumb) and push a hole through the middle and widen. I make my holes REALLY large, because they shrink when you boil and cook them.
Boil a pot of water with a tablespoon of salt. Once it boils, turn it down so it’s not terribly bubbly. Place 1-4 doughy bagels into the pot and boil for 15 seconds on each side then place on a flour cloth or paper towel. I turn mine over with a slotted metal spatula and place them on a towel to dry off a bit.
Spread some flour on the counter and set each bagel on the flour to coat the bottom to keep it from sticking to the cooking sheet. Put your bagels on the baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and add toppings (toppings are optional, for a plain bagel, don’t add anything.
Bake your bagels at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, then let cool (if you can stand to wait), and enjoy!