The New York Bagel

The New York Bagel

Bagels are a part of my identity. For most of my life, I can’t remember going a week without eating a bagel, most of the time, several bagels. If you don’t know what a bagel is, it’s a bread-like dough that’s shaped in a circle with a hole in the middle. Then it’s boiled and baked. The result: heaven.

Bagels can be made with many different kinds of flavorings and topped with almost anything. Bagels topped with sesame seeds to bagels made with blueberries. My favorite way to eat a bagel is, fresh out of the oven with lox (smoked salmon), cream cheese, tomato, and cucumber. If you’ve never had a bagel that way, you ought to try it immediately.

I have yet to find a good bagel in my area, so I decided to make my own. They turned out really good for my first attempt. The smell coming from the oven was intoxicating. The bagel tasted much closer to a real New York bagel than any of the bagels that I’ve tried here. Here is how to make these delicious New York bagels.


  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast / 6 grams dry yeast
  • 4 ½ teaspoons sugar / 19 grams sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water / 300 ml warm water (or as much needed for the dough to be the right texture, it could be less than this amount)
  • 3 ½ cups flour / 440 grams flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt / 6 grams salt
  • Toppings such as sesame seeds or poppy seeds.


  • In a large bowl, pour in the sugar, yeast, and ½ cup (120ml) warm water. Only mix it after letting it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Mix in the flour and salt.
  • Slowly pour in the warm water. Use as much as needed until the dough is slightly firm. You may want to use your hands to knead the dough.
  • Cover the ball of dough with some oil and cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a cloth.
  • Let it rise for 1 hour.
  • Once it’s risen for one hour, punch the dough and let it rise for 10 more minutes.
  • Cut the dough into 8 equal sections.
  • Take a section of the dough and roll it into a ball. Then stick two fingers into the middle of the ball to shape a ring. Do the same with the remaining 7 sections of dough.
I made double the recipe. That’s why there are so many bagels.
  • Put all the rings onto an oiled baking rack.
  • Cover the rings with a moist towel. Let them rest for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F (220C).
  • Put a large pot of water to boil. Once it’s boiling, put in a few rings. Let them boil on each side for 1-2 minutes. The longer you boil the bagel, the chewier it’s going to be.
  • Put the boiled rings back onto the oiled baking rack.
  • Add your desired toppings.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Once they are ready, take them out of the oven and enjoy. I love eating a fresh hot bagel straight out of the oven. So delicious! 

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What is your favorite thing to put on a bagel?

6 thoughts on “The New York Bagel

  1. I had no idea that making bagels was so easy! This is my second weekend in a row making them and my family is eating them up before the week is up. Thanks for this super easy recipe and for bringing the ease of bagel making to my attention!❤️

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