Basic Bagels Recipe

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Difficulty LevelVery EasyCuisine


 Active dry yeast2 Tablespoon (1 Package)
 Butter1 Tablespoon (for greasing)
 Warm water2 Cup (32 tbs) (About 110 Degrees Fahrenheit)
 Sugar3 Tablespoon
 Salt3 Teaspoon
 All-purpose flour6 Cup (96 tbs), unsifted
 Water3 Quart (With 1 Tablespoon Sugar)
 Sugar1 Tablespoon (With 1 Tablespoon Sugar)
 Cornmeal1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Egg yolk1 , beaten with 1 tablespoon water
 Water1 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 3388 Calories from Fat 133

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 16 g24%

Saturated Fat 3.2 g15.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 185.1 mg

Sodium 5902.9 mg246%

Total Carbohydrates 706 g235.3%

Dietary Fiber 32.4 g129.6%

Sugars 62.6 g

Protein 98 g195.7%

Vitamin A 4.4% Vitamin C 0.15%

Calcium 17.4% Iron 238.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
Stir in sugar and salt; gradually mix in 4 cups of the flour.
Beat well to make a smooth batter.
Mix in about 1 1/4 cups more flour to make a stiff dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic (10 to 20 minutes), adding flour as needed to prevent sticking€”dough should be firmer than for most other yeast breads.
Turn dough over in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 40 minutes).
Punch dough down; knead briefly on a lightly floured board to release air, then divide into 18 equal pieces.
To shape, knead each piece, forming it into a smooth ball.
Holding ball with both hands, poke your thumbs through center.
With one thumb in the hole, work around perimeter, shaping bagel like a doughnut, 2 1/2 to 3 inches across.
Place shaped bagels on a lightly floured board, cover lightly, and let stand in a warm place for 20 minutes.
Bring water-sugar mixture to boiling in a 4 or 5-quart pan; adjust heat to keep it boiling gently.
Lightly grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal.
Gently lift one bagel at a time and drop into water; boil about 5 or 6 at a time, turning often, for 5 minutes.
Lift out with a slotted spatula, drain briefly on a towel, and place on baking sheet.
Brush bagels with egg yolk mixture.
Bake in a 400° oven for about 25 to 30 minutes or until well browned and crusty.
Cool on a rack.
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