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The Perfect NY Style Bagel Recipe

Learn how to make the greatest New York Style Bagels at home with this easy to follow recipe. When you can't get to NYC and you want a bagel, don't pay $6.50+ to have a bagel delivered from the city! Instead, make a batch of the BEST homemade bagels up. Choose your own choice of topping, the classic everything seasoning, just onion flakes, sesame seeds or even plain. These New York Style Bagels are perfect for lunch or breakfast!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rise Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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To bloom the yeast

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 4 tsp sugar

For the Dough

  • 3 ¾ cups bread flour - see note 1
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 ½ tbsp warm water
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp oil

For the boiling liquid

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda - see note 2


To bloom the yeast

  • Pour the warm water into the bowl of your stand mixer, add the yeast and sugar. Do NOT stir it, just leave it for 10 minutes.
    1/2 cup warm water
    2 tsp instant yeast
    4 tsp sugar

To make the dough

  • Add the flour into the bowl on top of the yeast mixture and then sprinkle over the salt.
    3 ¾ cups bread flour
    1 ½ tsp salt

  • Pour in the warm water, and mix with your dough hook on speed 1. (see note 3)
    ¾ cups warm water

  • Once a rough dough has formed add the remaining tablespoon and a half of water and let the dough form a sticky wet mass.
    1 ½ tbsp warm water

  • Once this has happened, add the additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
    4 tbsp bread flour

  • The mixture will look very dry. Don't panic!
  • Leave the stand mixer kneading for 15 minutes, by which time you will have stiff but elastic dough.
  • I find that I need to stop the mixer periodically to push the dough back down to the bottom of the machine.
  • Lightly coat a large mixing bowl with the oil.
    1 tsp oil

  • Empty your dough into the oiled bowl and turn gently to coat it in the oil.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside somewhere warm to rise.
  • Leave the dough to rise for an hour and a half. It should swell to about twice it's size.

To cook the bagels

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/390ºF (220ºC/430ºF for non-fan forced ovens)
  • Place the dough on a chopping board and work it into a rough ball.
  • Cut the dough in half, cut each half in half and then cut each piece in half again so you have 8 roughly equal sized pieces of pieces.
  • Roll each piece of dough about so you have 8 ball shapes.
  • Carefully push your finger through the middle of a ball and stretch the hole until it is 2 inch wide.
  • Place the bagel onto a piece of cooking paper and continue with all the balls.
  • Leave the bagels to rest for 10 minutes whilst you bring a large pan of water to a boil. Add sugar and baking soda to the water.
    1 tbsp of sugar
    ½ tsp baking soda

  • Place 2 bagels into the boiling water and set your timer for 3 minutes. After the 3 minutes flip them over and boil on the other side for 3 minutes.
  • If you want to add a topping now is the time. Spread a thin layer of your chosen topping over a small plate. As you remove the bagel from the water, dip it into the topping and then place on a baking sheet (or two) lined with parchment paper.
  • Place the bagels into the middle of the oven and bake for 20 minutes until they are golden brown.
  • If your using two trays switch them over half way through cooking.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack.
  • These are best eaten the day they are made, but will keep in an airtight containing for 24 hours.


  1. Ideally you want a flour with a high gluten content. These are often labeled as bread flour or high protein flour. They will give you an even better quality of crumb, however all-purpose or plain flour will still give you great results
  2. If you have a kitchen aid, set the speed to 1 only. Kitchen aid recommend kneading bread dough on nothing more than speed 2 but as this is a very stiff dough, I don't want to overwork my motor so I keep it at speed 1. 


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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