Bagels up in this bitch

My friend Megan got me thinking about NY style bagels a while back and ever since I’ve been dying to shove one in my face on a daily basis. Nothing is better than a salt bagel with a pound of green onion cream cheese.  It might be better if there were bacon on it. There have been times when I’ve visited NY where I would rather go eat bagels than see my friends (sorry guys, I like food more than you). I’ve risen from NYE hangovers to go stand in a mile long line to get one stupid salt bagel.  I’ve shoved 2 dozen bagels in the overhead bin on a plane leaving gifts from family and friends behind to make it happen.  Maybe this blog should be about bagels, I’ve never done anything extreme for cupcakes.

Speaking of cupcakes…I know this isn’t a cupcake, for that I apologize.  But, if you wait 20 more minutes you will get your damn cupcakes.

These were really really easy to make.  I think after a few more attempts of messing with amounts, boiling times and toppings we might just have ourselves a somewhat comparable substitute.  They have the smooth crackly exterior with a soft interior that in no way resembles a safeway bagel (blech).  These are the size of a 1930’s bagel, pre supersizing.  Perhaps this is why they taste so good.  We had them right out of the oven, still warm and awesome.  They didn’t even really need cream cheese.

You should just go straight to whole foods to get the ingredients, I doubt regular supermarkets have malt syrup.

I found this recipe on

  • 1 1/2 cups tepid water (105°F to 110°F) plus 1 tablespoon for the egg wash
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons malt syrup
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or coarse salt for topping
  1. Place 1 1/2 cups of the tepid water in a bowl and dissolve the yeast completely; set aside. Combine flour, malt syrup, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Add yeast mixture, scraping any undissolved yeast out of the bowl with a spatula.
  2. Mix on low until most of the loose flour has been worked into the dough and the dough looks shredded, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium low and continue mixing until the dough is stiff, smooth, and elastic, about 8 to 9 minutes more. (If the dough gets stuck on the hook or splits into 2 pieces, stop the machine, scrape off the hook, and mash the dough back into the bottom of the bowl.) The dough should be dry, not tacky or sticky, and somewhat stiff.
  3. Shape the dough into a ball, place it in a large oiled bowl, and turn it to coat in oil. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rise in a warm place, until it is noticeably puffy and springs back when you poke it, about 20 minutes. (The dough will not double in size.)
  4. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 425°F and arrange the rack in the middle. Fill a large, wide, shallow pan (about 3 to 6 quarts) with water, bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium low and let simmer. Cover until you’re ready to boil the bagels. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper greased with oil or cooking spray. Place a metal rack inside of a second baking sheet and set aside.
  5. Turn the risen dough out onto a dry surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, about 3 ounces each. (While you work, keep the dough you’re not handling covered with a damp towel to prevent drying.) Roll each piece into a 9-inch-long rope, lightly moisten the ends with water, overlap the ends by about 1 inch, and press to join so you’ve created a bagel. As necessary, widen the hole in the middle so it is approximately the size of a quarter. Cover the shaped bagels with a damp towel and let rest 10 minutes.
  6. After resting, stretch the dough to retain the quarter-size hole (the dough will have risen a bit) and boil the bagels 3 or 4 at a time, making sure they have room to bob around. Cook for about 30 seconds on each side until the bagels have a shriveled look, then remove to the baking sheet with the rack in it. Adjust heat as necessary so the water stays at a simmer.
  7. Whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon water and the egg white until evenly combined. Brush the egg wash all over the bagels, then sprinkle as desired with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or coarse salt. Arrange the bagels on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 1 inch apart and bake. Rotate the pan after 15 minutes and bake until the bagels are a deep caramel color and have formed a crust on the bottom and top, about 10 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack for at least 30 minutes so the interiors finish cooking and the crusts form a chewy exterior.