Bagels (Parve)

 I discovered this recipe while trying for the perfect bagel. I tweaked from the original to make it my own. I know I have it right when people ask me where I buy my delicious bagels. I usually make two batches so I will end up with 16 bagels.

Mix together in food processor:

  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 (8 g) package dry yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached white bread flour (you may need more)
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons olive  oil
  • 1 tablespoon beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon malt syrup (Wholefoods carries this)


  1. In a food processor mix salt, sugar, yeast and 4 1/2 cups flour.
  2. Combine oil, egg, malt syrup and warm water.
  3. While the processor is running pour in combined liquid.
  4. Process until the dough pulls away from the edge of the processor bowl.
  5.  Remove dough and cover with inverted bowl and let sit 10 minutes.
  6. Next, divide up the dough into 8 equal pieces (or 16 for small bagels). Roll each piece into a ball. With your fingers pull a hole about 2 inches across to form the bagel.IMG_2016
  7. Cover with a tea towel and let bagels rise for 30 minutes.
  8. When ready, fill a large pot with the 6 quarts of water and then stir 1/3 cup honey; bring that up to a boil.


  1. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats, or non stick foil.
  2. When the honey-water has come up to the boil, drop in bagels and boil for about 90 seconds (1 1/2 minutes), turning only once. Drain your bagels quickly on a tea towel and place on baking sheets.IMG_2022
  3. Sprinkle both sides of bagels with seeds (poppy or sesame) or dried onions and a bit of kosher salt. (or see “everything recipe following) Be generous!
  4. Place your bagels in preheated oven and bake until golden in appearance, about 20 minutes total; after ten minutes, turn the bagels over and continue baking.
  5. I usually cut in half when cool and put in a plastic bag to freeze, bagels ready when needed.IMG_2023

Everything seasoning
Mix the following:
1 Tablespoons each: poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dred minced onion

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