These American Bagels Will Take You Back To Home

Bagels are iconic breakfast foods in America and Canada. The American version of this Eastern European classic snack is slightly sweet, yet substantial and hearty slice that can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings. Whether served plain with cream cheese, or loaded with lox and capers, American bagels can add both a delightful and nostalgic flavor to your table.

Like many traditional dishes, the origins of the American bagel can be found in the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. Today, with the influence of modern bakers, the base formula remains unchanged, but flavorings, like garlic, onion and poppy seeds, have been added to the fray.

Making your own American bagels at home need not be labor intensive. There’s no need to search out obscure ingredients. With a few minutes of preparation and a little over an hour of rising, you can bake fresh homemade bagels every time.

American Bagels


  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda


1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, sugar, salt and active dry yeast. Add the oil, then slowly add the water until everything is blended together, forming a sticky dough. Knead on medium-low speed until a smooth and firm dough forms, about 5–7 minutes.

2. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

4. Divide the dough into 10 equal-sized pieces, then form each one into a ball. To form the traditional oblong shape, poke a hole in the center using your finger. Gently pull the hole to elongate it and make the classic bagel shape.

5. Place the bagels on the parchment paper-lined baking sheets, cover in a damp cloth, and let rise for 20 minutes.

6. Once the bagels have risen, lower the oven temperature to 350°F. Boil a pot of water and pour in the baking soda. Submerge the bagels into the boiling water, using a slotted spoon, for one minute per side.

7. Transfer the boiled bagels back to the baking sheets, topping with any desired toppings or sprinkle of seas salt. Bake in the 350°F preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

8. Let cool on a cooling rack and serve warm.

American-style bagels are a staple of brunch, and a comforting classic. While the traditional boiling and baking of the dough may seem intimidating, making your own bagels at home can be incredibly rewarding and downright delicious.

From mixing, to kneading, to boiling and baking, American-style bagels are an amazing accomplishment in the home kitchen. For those who keenly appreciate traditional recipes and classic taste, these bagels will undoubtedly take you back to home.