New York-Style Bagel

30 Mar

Yup, I believe my cafe will be selling bagels too. There, this is a recipe I tried.

(OK, I admit my phone camera has colour correction problem.)



  • 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups of warm water (you may need ± ¼ cup more, I know I did)
  • 3 ½ cups (500g) of bread flour or high gluten flour(will need extra for kneading)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of salt


  1. In ½ cup of the warm water, pour in the sugar and yeast. Do not stir. Let it sit for five minutes, and then stir the yeast and sugar mixture, until it all dissolves in the water.
  2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast and sugar mixture.
  3. Pour half of the remaining warm water into the well. Mix and stir in the rest of the water as needed. Depending on where you live, you may need to add anywhere from a couple tablespoons to about ¼ cup of water. You want to result in a moist and firm dough after you have mixed it.
  4. On a floured countertop, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Try working in as much flour as possible to form a firm and stiff dough.
  5. Lightly brush a large bowl with oil and turn the dough to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size. Punch the dough down, and let it rest for another 10 minutes.
  6. Carefully divide the dough into 8 pieces (I used a scale to be extra precise, but it’s not necessary). Shape each piece into a round. Now, take a dough ball, and press it gently against the countertop (or whatever work surface you’re using) moving your hand and the ball in a circular motion pulling the dough into itself while reducing the pressure on top of the dough slightly until a perfect dough ball forms (as pictured below). Repeat with 7 other dough rounds.
  7. Coat a finger in flour, and gently press your finger into the center of each dough ball to form a ring. Stretch the ring to about ⅓ the diameter of the bagel and place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Repeat the same step with the remaining dough.
  8. After shaping the dough rounds and placing them on the cookie sheet, cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425ºF / 220ºC / Gas Mark 7.
  9. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat. Use a slotted spoon or skimmer to lower the bagels into the water. Boil as many as you are comfortable with boiling. Once the bagels are in, it shouldn’t take too long for them to float to the top (a couple seconds). Let them sit there for 1 minute, and them flip them over to boil for another minute. Extend the boiling times to 2 minutes each, if you’d prefer a chewier bagel (results will give you a more New York Style bagel with this option).
  10. If you want to top your bagels with stuff, do so as you take them out of the water, you may use the “optional toppings” (listed above) to top the bagels and if you’re risky like me, make a combination of the toppings to top the bagels with, but before hand, you will need to use an egg wash to get the toppings to stick before putting the bagels into the oven.
  11. Once all the bagels have boiled (and have been topped with your choice of toppings), transfer them to a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  13. Cool on a wire rack.
The recipe is for 8 bagels… but I cut all the ingredients in half and let my dough sat for 6 hours. instead of 4, I ended up 6 bagels.

Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Baking, Cafe


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3 responses to “New York-Style Bagel

  1. Wing

    March 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

    OK dude, these look deli. You are so meant to open a bakery/cafe.

    the discolouration makes it look like strawberry flavor….

    You’re so right about my bro.. you should reallly comment what you said on his blog~ He has no idea how hard it is to make $$$. He just bought a $9000 HKD lens in his trip to HK last month.. (my parents paid for it)… and now he got a new friggin expensive camera+phone. When my mom rejected him , he ignored her for 2 days.. and so he got it(which is what he meant by “complication” in his blog post)…. I really think my mom should’ve stand strong… Initially he wanted me to buy him the camera as his graduation gift (i promised him i wold give him $1000CAD if he gets into UBC). .. i told him i wouldn’t buy him a camera, but then I would give him the money as long as he grad from highschool, and i want him to spend that money on tuition/textbook/laptop. guess wt he said, he said its not even enough for a macbook pro (ok, he wants to get a quad core 15 inch w/ hi-res screen)! Geez, this kid is unbelievable!!

    • jtycc

      March 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

      $1000CAD?! You can get a damn good PC laptop for 3D graphic gaming with that money!!! Did he know Apple sucks at gaming? I beg he will buy a PC after knowing that…


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