Golden Egg Bagels

March/April 1996

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Egg bagels are lighter and a bit sweeter than water bagels. They are great for sandwiches.

"They're a little too sweet, but overall, these are good. This is the first time I've ever made bagels, and it's really not that difficult. "
Golden Egg Bagels

Makes: 12 three-ounce bagels

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Bagel Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 1/2-4 1/2 cups white bread flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Kettle Water

  • 6 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sesame or poppy seeds, (optional)


  1. To make bagel dough & shape bagels: Whisk together lukewarm water, eggs, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, yeast and oil in a large bowl until the yeast dissolves. Stir in 1 cup of the flour. Then stir in 1 tablespoon salt and enough additional flour to make a soft dough, about 2 cups.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead, gradually incorporating more flour, until the dough is smooth and quite firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 12 pieces; roll each piece into a 10-inch-long rope. Form into bagels by overlapping the ends up 1 inch. Pinch ends together firmly. Set bagels aside, uncovered, to rise until slightly puffy, about 20 minutes.
  4. To kettle & bake bagels: Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F. Line 1 large or 2 small baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Bring water, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a large pot.
  5. Slip several risen bagels at a time into the pot"the water should be at a healthy simmer. Cook for 45 seconds, turn them over with a slotted spoon or tongs, and cook for 45 seconds longer. Drain the bagels on a clean dish towel and place on the prepared baking sheet(s). Brush the bagels with egg white and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon sesame (or poppy) seeds, if using. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn over and bake until golden brown, about 5 more minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Freeze fresh (and properly cooled) bagels immediately unless you are eating them all that day.


Per serving: 152 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 35 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 1 g fiber; 346 mg sodium; 84 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrate

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