This Easy Sourdough Bagel Recipe is the perfect way to start off your day or to enjoy as a delicious brunch. Savory, chewy, and tangy (thanks to the sourdough), you can’t go wrong with these bagels! Oh, and they’re quick and easy to make from scratch too.
Sourdough is such a great way to get the morning going. Wether its Blueberry Muffins, A Puff Pancake, Waffles, or Drop Biscuits…it’s really hard to go wrong! Not only are sourdough breakfast items delicious, but they’re also much healthier than store bought alternatives.
No more mystery ingredients found in grocery store bagels. Know exactly what is in them by making them from scratch! Bagels may seem intimidating at first, but I promise they really aren’t difficult after you igve it a try!
How to Make This Easy Sourdough Bagel Recipe
- Use a slotted spoon or ‘spider’ strainer to flip and pull the bagels out of the boiling water.
- If you don’t have a sourdough starter, you can check out this post, where I show you exactly how to make a starter from scratch.
- Don’t overcrowd your pot. Only cook 2-4 bagels in the baking soda water at a time.
- You can knead the dough by hand or use a stand mixer. A stand mixer is much easier and less time consuming.
- Stand mixer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Large pot or dutch oven
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- ½ cup sourdough starter, bubbly and active (113 grams)
- 1 cup water (236 grams)
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (21 grams)
- 2 teaspoons salt (10 grams)
- 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour (560 grams)
For boiling the bagels:
- 2 quarts water
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon raw cane sugar
- Add sourdough starter, water, honey, salt, and two cups of flour to a stand mixer.
- Mix until it comes together, about 10 minutes on low speed. The dough will be really stiff and difficult to incorporate.
- Add remaining flour, half a cup at a time. Use a dough hook and knead until it is smooth and pliable. You could also knead by hand, but the stand mixer makes this process much easier.
- Cover dough with wet tea towel, plastic wrap, or beeswax wrap; allow to ferment for 8 to 12 hours.
- After the dough has fermented, divide into 8 equal pieces.
- Roll the dough into balls, flatten them a little bit, and poke a hole in the middle with your finger. Stretch the hole a bit to widen.
- Cover with a tea towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm spot for two hours or until puffy. The time will depend on how warm your house is. It could take 1 to 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the baking soda and sugar.
- Using a slotted spoon, gently add bagels to the water and boil for one minute, flip, then boil for another minute.
- Shake off excess water and dip into desired toppings (optional).
- Place boiled bagels on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden on top.
If you make this recipe and love how it turned out, feel free to come back and comment about your experience. I’d love to see your creation and how you served it!
More Sourdough Information
Why Is A Long Fermentation Time Healthier?
Fermentation allows the sourdough to break down the flour and make the blondies easier on the digestive system. You can read more details about this amazing process here.
Can I Freeze Them?
Yes! Allow to completely cool after baking, place in a ziplock bag or freezer safe container, and store for up to 3 months. Place wax paper or parchment paper between layers of bagels to avoid them sticking together.
How Can I Make My Own Sourdough Starter?
Interested in implementing sourdough into your kitchen? Here’s everything you need to know to get your sourdough starter going.All it takes is flour, water, and about 7 days time.I also answer a few of the most frequently asked questions about sourdough over here.
How is Sourdough Healthier than Regular Bread?
Read more in depth about the health benefits of sourdough here. I explain four reasons that sourdough is one of the healthiest breads you can consume, as well as describe how the fermentation process of sourdough works.
More Sourdough Recipes:
- Easy Sourdough Puff Pancake
- Sourdough Chocolate Chip Blondies
- Homemade Sourdough Cheddar Crackers
- Homemade Sourdough Blueberry Muffins