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Chewy Homemade Bagels

  • Author: Brand New Vegan
  • Prep Time: 180 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bagels 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These may not be the BEST homemade bagels, but they ARE fun to make and they taste pretty darn good too.


  • 16 oz bread flour - divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup very warm water
  • 1 tablespoon molasses plus 2 teaspoons for boiling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt plus 1 tablespoon for boiling
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda for boiling
  • 1-2 teaspoons cornmeal for baking
  • "vegan egg wash"
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • seasoning mix
    • 1 teaspoon each of dried onion flakes, white sesame seeds,  flaxseed
    • kosher salt to taste


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 8 oz of bread flour, yeast, water, and 1 tablespoon molasses.
  2. Whisk until thoroughly combined, cover, and let rest for 30 minutes
  3. Add remaining flour and 1 1/2 tsp salt and using the dough hook, knead for 10 minutes.
  4. Scrape the dough out onto a floured work surface and form into a smooth ball.  Return to mixing bowl, cover, and let rise for 60 minutes.
  5.  Remove dough from bowl and carefully weigh out 3.0 to 3.5 oz portions of dough.  
  6. Form each portion into a tight ball, and using a well-floured finger and thumb, poke a hole and stretch dough into a doughnut shape.   Place each bagel onto a floured baking sheet, and sprinkle flour over the tops.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
  7. In a large pan, boil 4-6 cups of water, a tablespoon of salt, the baking soda, and 2 teaspoons of molasses.
  8. Working in batches of 2-3 at a time, place bagels in water and simmer for 2 min, per side
  9. Remove from water and allow to drain on a cooling rack
  10. Dust a baking sheet with cornmeal, arrange the boiled bagels, brush the tops with the vegan egg wash, and then sprinkle the seasoning on top
  11. Bake in a 400° F oven for 20-25 minutes

Keywords: homemade bagels