Quick Homemade Bagels

Quick bagels made with Italian 00 flour

Quick homemade bagels. Let’s be clear. These bagels aren’t the same as New York style bagels. If you live in a city where you can easily get high-quality bagels, I doubt that you would try to bake them at home anyways. But for all the other people who rely on grocery store bagels, these quick bagels make a good substitute. My kids enjoy these bagels over storebought ones. I like that they have nutrient-dense ingredients such as flaxmeal and greek yogurt.
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I first discovered easy bagel recipes through Skinny Taste blog. I’ve made several batches of those bagels, and sometimes they would turn out great, and sometimes they weren’t as good. I couldn’t figure out the reason until a few days ago. I keep Italian 00 flour in the pantry for making pizza dough, and whenever I’m low on all-purpose flour, I would use 00 flour instead. It turns out that 00 flour makes a superior version of these bagels, making the outside crispier while inside chewier. Although not exactly the same as traditional bagels, these quick “bagels” made with 00 flour gave a similar chewy satisfaction.

What is 00 flour? It is a super finely ground Italian flour, and it’s excellent for making thin crust pizza and pasta. You can read more about the technical part of 00 flour here if you’d like. I learned about 00 flour last year when the first pandemic shutdown happened. People were stocking up on pantry essentials, and I couldn’t find flour anywhere. I ordered a 55 lb bag of Italian 00 flour without knowing what it was in a panic. (Due to its higher price range, it was still available online.) Once I started baking with it, I fell in love with this flour, and now it’s on my monthly Amazon subscription. Besides crispy and chewy thin crust pizza, I found it to make fluffier muffins as well. If you love baking at home, I recommend that you give 00 flour a try!

Quick bagels made with all purpose flour

Out of curiosity, I tested out this recipe with all-purpose flour, and the difference was noticeable. In a pinch, the recipe will still work with all-purpose flour.

What’s your favorite way to eat bagels? I like to spread a generous amount of cream cheese, layer a thick slice of ripe tomato, and top with freshly ground pepper. Enjoy!

Quick Homemade Bagels

These quick bagels made with Italian 00 flour have a crispy outside and chewy inside.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 bagels
Author whiteblankspace

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 2.5 tbsp water
  • 1 cup + more Italian 00 flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt I used 2% Fage
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • optional poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Position rack in the middle and preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Make a flax egg by mixing flaxmeal and water. Let it sit for 5 min while preparing other ingredients.
  3. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  4. Add flax egg and yogurt to the bowl. Mix with a spatula.
  5. Knead the dough inside the bowl for five minutes. If the dough sticks all over your fingers, add a little more flour (about 1 tbsp.) The dough would still be sticky but not too wet that it sticks all over your fingers.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  7. Divide the dough into four balls. Dust your hands with flour. Roll the balls into a log, then form a donut shape by connecting the ends. Place bagels on the baking sheet.
  8. Brush tops with coconut oil and sprinkle poppy seeds if desired.
  9. Bake for 23~25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

  10. Let them completely cool on a wire rack before cutting them in half. Bagels will still be cooking while cooling down.

Quick Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Quick and easy sweet homemade bagels

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 bagels
Author whiteblankspace

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 2.5 tbsp water
  • 1 cup + more Italian 00 flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • optional 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil

Instructions

  1. Position rack in the middle and preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Make a flax egg by mixing flaxmeal and water. Let it sit for 5 min while preparing other ingredients.
  3. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt (if using.)

  4. Add flax egg and yogurt to the bowl. Mix with a spatula.
  5. Mix in raisins.

  6. Knead the dough inside the bowl for five minutes. If the dough sticks all over your fingers, add a little more flour (about 1 tbsp.) The dough would still be sticky but not too wet that it sticks all over your fingers.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  8. Divide the dough into four balls. Dust your hands with flour. Roll the balls into a log, then form a donut shape by connecting the ends. Place bagels on the baking sheet.
  9. Brush tops with oil.
  10. Bake for 23~25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

  11. Let them completely cool on a wire rack before cutting them in half. Bagels will still be cooking while cooling down.

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