Homemade Bagels



If there any homemade food product that is a thousand percent superior to anything out there, it is bagels. These are just in their own class.   I have never felt like I knew what I was doing any time I have baked these, but they have always been outstanding. 


  • 2 cup of warm water
  • 2 TBS. active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1 TBS. salt
  • 5 or more cup bread flour
  • 4 quarts of water
  • 2 TBS. of brown sugar


1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.

2. Add 1 tsp. sugar, oil and salt.

3. Stir in four cup of the flour. Add flour a little at a time until the dough is too stiff to beat.

4. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, adding enough flour so that it is elastic but not too stiff.

5. Let dough rise in a greased bowl in a warm place until doubled in bulk.


1. Preheat oven to 375º.

2. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil, adding 2 Tbsp. of brown sugar.


1. Punch down, knead for a few minutes and divide into 18 pieces.

2. Roll each one into a rope 1 inch in diameter and 6 inches long.

3. Form rings, pinching the ends together firmly.


1. Drop 2 to 5 bagels at a time into the boiling water.

2. Turn them with a long-handled spoon after they rise to the surface and boil for an additional minute.

3. Lift them out with a slotted spoon and let them rest on a greased cookie sheet while boiling the next 4 or 5 in the same manner.

4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.


One thought on “Homemade Bagels

  1. Brandy, the print came through so faint, I couldn’t read it. I seem to always have trouble with blue fading after awhile too.

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