Time off work means time to spend in the kitchen! I made a double batch of bagels, because last time they were gone before I knew it. And I can see why they were so popular, they’re really good! I used a recipe from Zeinas Kitchen but with less yeast. I prefer to use half the amount and let the dough proof longer, preferably in the fridge.

Below you can find a visual step by step guide on how to make the bagels. It takes a bit of work, but as my oldest son said: “It’s definitely worth it.” Easy for him to say, he only had to eat them.

Ingredients – makes 12 bagels
10-15 g fresh yeast
5 dl water
3 tbsp canola oil
1.5 tsp salt
1 tbsp caster sugar
approx. 13 dl plain flour
poppy & sesame seeds

Dissolve yeast in water. Use finger warm water if you want it to rise quickly, or cold water if you proof it in the fridge. Add all other ingredients, starting with half the flour and then adding in more. Knead the dough for 10 min. It should be firm and smooth.

Cover and rise to double size, 1 hour in room temperature or 2-10 hours in the fridge.

Divide the dough in twelve, and roll into balls. Rest for 10 min. Push a finger through and spin to make a hole. Place on a tray dusted with flour (important, or it till stick!) and leave to rise for 20-30 minutes.
Bring water to boil in a large pot, add 1 tbsp caster sugar. Boil a few bagels at a time, 2 minutes on each side.

Place on a rack and sprinkle with seeds while wet. Transfer to a tray and bake at 225 C for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Step by Step

Step 1

Divide your dough into 12 pieces.

Roll the pieces into balls in your hand.

Leave for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Make a hole in the dough with your finger, then spin it around.

Open the hole up so that it goes through the dough.

Step 3

Place the dough pieces a tray coated with flour.

Let rise for 20-30 minutes under a kitchen towel.

Step 4

Boil a few liters of water in a large pot.

Add 1 tbsp caster sugar.

Step 5

Boil the bagels for 2 minutes on each side.

Flip them carefully.

Step 6

Place the bagels on a rack and sprinkle with seeds while they are still wet.

Step 7

Move the bagels to a tray.

Bake at 225 C for 15-20 minutes.

Step 8

Serve with vegan butter and vegan cheese, any other topping you like, or just eat them as they are!