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!
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.
- 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
- optional poppy seeds
Position rack in the middle and preheat oven to 375F.
Make a flax egg by mixing flaxmeal and water. Let it sit for 5 min while preparing other ingredients.
In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
Add flax egg and yogurt to the bowl. Mix with a spatula.
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.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
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.
Brush tops with coconut oil and sprinkle poppy seeds if desired.
Bake on for 23~25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
Let them completely cool on a wire rack before cutting them in half. Bagels will still be cooking while cooling down.