This easy homemade New York bagel recipe is the best! They're simple to make, and with basic pantry ingredients you'll be enjoying hot out of the oven, freshly made, deliciously chewy New York style bagels in no time.
If you have ever been to New York, you know bagels are a staple in New York City, with almost every street corner having its own bagel shop. For those looking for the next best thing to their favorite NYC bagels, this DIY New York Bagel Recipe is perfect! This homemade bagel recipe consists of four major parts: making and preparing the dough, shaping it, boiling them and topping with your favorite toppings, then baking so that they become crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside.
I have been craving New York bagels for weeks. And I'll just say that being in Austin there is no chance of getting them here. And a flight to NY just to get bagels makes this a pretty expensive craving.
A Bit Of Research To Get Started
Because I have never made bagels before, I decided I would do a little research and test some recipes. After a tiny bit of research I stumbled onto America's Test Kitchen recipe for a New York bagel recipe. Their bread master, Andrew Janjigian, created this. I was familiar with Andrew, and I have eaten many breads that he has created while I worked at ATK. I knew that this would be a damn good recipe. Knowing the source, I stopped all research and went to the store to pick up the ingredients.
After reading the NY bagel recipe my first thought about this was how easy it is to make bagels. Who knew? I don't know why I always thought they would just be a huge time consumption and always wondered if it was worth it. All I can say is pick up the ingredients from your local grocer and make this recipe. It's super easy.
Ingredients in this Homemade New York Bagel Recipe
- Ice water
- Malt syrup
- Bread flour
- Vital wheat gluten (We use Bobs Red Mill )
- Instant or rapid rise yeast
- Baking soda
Everything Bagel Seasoning Ingredients
- Poppy seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Onion flakes
- Garlic flakes
- Caraway seeds
- Coarse salt
How To Make This New York Bagel Recipe
These bagels are made the traditional way: you boil them in water for a couple of minutes before baking. It might sound weird, but it just works!
- Make the dough and divide into 8 pieces.
- Form the pieces into smooth balls, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Working one at a time, form the balls into a bagel shape.
- Let the formed bagels stand at room temperature for one hour then cover tightly and refrigerate over night.
- Boil the bagels for 20 seconds each then cool on a wire rack and top as desired.
- Bake 10-12 minutes, flip and bake 10-12 minutes more.
- Cool 15 minutes before serving.
The NY bagel recipe requires refrigerating the shaped bagels for 16 to 24 hours before baking them. As a result, you want to make sure to plan accordingly. I like to start the bagels on Friday, and cook them on Saturday so I can have warm bagels for a weekend breakfast. These bagels are best eaten within a day of baking them. You can also freeze them for up to one month.
New York Bagel FAQ
When Eastern European Jewish people migrated to America during the 1800s of course their traditional foods came with them like bagels. Bagels were produced in small, privately owned bakeries throughout Jewish communities in New York. By the 1960s, the bagel began to grow popular in non-Jewish communities throughout New York city and the production of bagels increased. By the 1980s bagels had grown in popularity throughout the U.S.
Two key points set apart a New York bagel and are two things we’ll do in this recipe. First, is letting the shaped dough refrigerate for hours. The cooling process helps in the fermentation of yeast in the dough and creates a richer flavor. The second part is boiling. Traditionally, bagels are boiled in a water and malt barley mixture for 30 seconds to up to 3 minutes. Boiling is essential to produce a chewy bagel with the thick crust on the outside and doughy inside.
Not all bagels are boiled? For mass production of bagels they are often baked in a hot oven and injected with steam. This creates a lighter bagel with a thinner, softer exterior.
It is said that New York bagels grew from 3 ounces to the large 6 ounces commonly seen today.
A New York bagel is never toasted. New Yorker's believe that if a bagel is made well and fresh, it shouldn’t be toasted.
Since bagels originated in Jewish communities, considering Jewish dietary law means that prepared food must be kosher. Simply, one can’t eat pork, shellfish or mix dairy and meat. Also, bagels are commonly eaten cold. This is helpful for Jewish people because with the Sabbath, Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, Jews following the Sabbath will not cook.
That leaves us with the topping options: Butter, cream cheese, smoked fish and garnishes. A bagel with lox (smoked salmon), a cream cheese schmear, and capers is a go-to option.
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Cooks Illustrated New York Bagels
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons ice water (9 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons malt syrup
- 2 ⅔ cups 14 ⅔ ounces bread flour
- 4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten
- 2 teaspoons instant or rapid rise yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ cup 1 ¼ ounces cornmeal
- ¼ cup 1 ¾ ounces sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons garlic flakes
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
- ½ teaspoon coarse salt
- Stir ice water and malt syrup together until malt syrup has fully dissolved. (We used 8 ounces here instead of 9 because of weather in TX. I'd recommend starting with 8 ounces and if dough appears dry in the food processor add the other ounce) In a food processor, process flour, wheat gluten and yeast until combined. With processor running, slowly add ice water mixture and continue to process until dough is just combined and no dry flour remains. Let dough stand for 10 minutes once complete.
- Add salt to dough and process until dough forms shaggy mass that clears the sides of work bowl, about 60-90 seconds. Transfer dough to unfloured counter and knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
- Working with one piece of dough at a time and keeping remaining pieces covered, form dough pieces into smooth round balls. Let dough balls rest on counter, covered, for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle rimmed baking sheet with cornmeal. Working with one dough ball at a time, coat dough balls lightly with flour, and then, using your hands and rolling pin, pat and roll dough balls into 5 inch rounds. Starting with edge of dough farthest from you, roll into tight cylinder. Starting at center of cylinder and working towards ends, gently and evenly roll and stretch dough into 8-9 inch long ropes. Rolling end of dough under your hands in opposite directions, twist rope to form tight spiral. Without unrolling spiral, wrap rope around your fingers, overlapping ends of dough by about 2 inches under your palm to create ring shape. Pinch ends of dough gently together. With overlap under your palm, press and roll seam using circular motion on counter to fully seal. Transfer rings to prepared sheet and cover loosely with plastic leaving at least one inch between bagels. Let bagels stand at room temperature for one hour. Cover sheet tightly with plastic and refrigerate for 16-24 hours.
- One hour before baking, place baking stone on oven rack, and heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Bring 4 quarts water, sugar and baking soda to boil in large Dutch oven. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet and spray rack with vegetable oil spray.
- Transfer 4 bagels to boiling water and cook for 20 seconds. Using wire skimmer, flip bagels over and cook 20 seconds longer. Using wire skimmer, transfer bagels to prepared wire rack, with cornmeal side facing down. At this time, dip your bagels into the toppings of your choice. Repeat with remaining four bagels.
- Place sheet with bagels on preheated baking stone and pour ½ cup boiling water into bottom of sheet. Bake until tops of bagels are beginning to brown, 10-12 minutes. Using metal spatula, flip bagels and continue to bake until golden brown, 10-12 more minutes. Remove sheet from oven and let bagels cool on wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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