How to make bagels

Edd Kimber shares his foolproof recipe for perfect bagels.

Three bagels on plate next to coffee

Stuffed with salmon and cream cheese, spread with marmite, or simply toasted with a little butter, bagels are a sure-fire crowd pleaser for any day of the week. Edd Kimber shares his easy recipe in this step-by-step guide to a batch of perfect bagels, topped with crunchy seeds. 

How to make tasty bagels

This method uses Edd Kimber's bagel recipe

Step one:

Step one mixing dough
Mix the yeast with 300ml lukewarm water. Put the flour, sugar and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl and mix together. Pour over the yeasty liquid and mix into a rough dough.


Step two:

Step two kneading until smooth and elastic
Tip out onto the work surface and knead together until smooth and elastic – this should take around 10 mins.

Step three:

step three A bowl with proved dough inside
Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a piece of oiled cling film. Place in a warm area and leave until doubled in size, about 1 hr, then uncover and tip onto your work surface.

Step four:

Step four dividing the dough into portions
Divide the dough into 10 portions and form into balls – I like to weigh them to make sure they're all the same size. Line up on 2 parchment-lined baking trays and cover lightly with cling film.

Step five:

Step five leave to prove on a tray
Leave for around 30 mins or until risen and puffy, then remove the cling film.

Step six:

Step six poke a hole with your finger
Use a floured finger to make a hole in the centre of each bagel, swirling it around to stretch the dough a little, but being careful not to knock out too much air. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

Step seven:

Step seven boiling in water
Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add the bicarbonate of soda to alkalise the water. Place 1-2 of the bagels in the water at a time and boil for 1 min (2 mins if you want a chewier bagel), turning over halfway through. Using a slotted spoon, lift out the bagels, drain well and place back onto the baking tray.

Step eight:

Step eight glazing before baking
Brush the bagels with the egg white and sprinkle with your chosen seeds. Bake for 20-25 minus or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool before eating. They will keep for 3-4 days, or freeze for 2 months.

Now that you've made these delicious bagels, get the real New York taste with our hot pastrami bagel recipe – perfect for weekend brunch or a midday snack.

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