Homemade Bagels

Do you hate the fact that most store-bought bagels have a ton of unnecessary chemicals? Ever wanted to make your own but thought it was too much work?

GUESS WHAT?! You can make your own, and it is incredibly easy!


OPTION 1: It actually requires the same dough recipe as my non-sourdough bread recipe, which you can find here.

OPTION 2: The Dough recipe, plus 1/2 cup sourdough discard


Option 2 is listed Below:


What you'll need:

Pot with water (for your boiling water bath)

A large slotted spoon ( to scoop out your bagels from the water bath)

Stoneware (to bake on)

Stand Mixer


2 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast

1 1/2 c Warm Filtered Water

1/2 cup sourdough discard

3 T sugar

1/2 T salt

3 c all-purpose flour

Egg for egg wash

Your Choice of Spices (I love Everything Bagel seasoning, or Salt and Parmesan Cheese)


How to do it:

1. Combine your water and your yeast in a bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.

2. Combine remaining ingredients together in your stand mixer on low speed for about 1-2 minutes. Make sure when adding flour, you add about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well in between additions.

3. Cover bowl, set aside and let it rest for 2 hours.

4. After 2 hours, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

5. Roll your dough onto a floured surface, and fold dough about 3-4 times.

6. Using a pastry slicer, slice dough into 10 equal pieces.

7. Form each piece of dough into a ball, and then poke your thumbs through the center, creating a hole. Widen the hole slightly using your fingers.

8. Start boiling your pot of water. Once boiling, gently place a piece of your formed dough into the boiling water. Boil for 1 minute, flip, then boil for 1 more minute. You are only boiling for 1 minute per side. I find it best to only do one or 2 bagels at a time in the water bath, so you have more control of your timing.

9. Once the bagel is boiled for 1 minute on each side, carefully remove it using your slotted spoon, and place onto your stoneware. Repeat with each bagel until all bagels are boiled and set onto the stoneware.

10. Prepare your egg wash. An egg wash is simply an egg and some water whisked together. Using a pastry brush, gently brush your egg wash onto your bagels, and top with your favorite seasoning. 

11. Bake for 20 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

12. Remove from the oven, slice, and enjoy!


Top with your favorite jam, hummus, or cream cheese! These are also great to use for bagel sandwiches!