If you ask me, there’s nothing that goes better with a great cup of coffee than a bagel. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see an easy homemade bagel recipe pop up on my Facebook feed a few months back. These bagels are made of Greek yogurt and contain more protein that your average bagel. They also don’t require any boiling or yeast. The recipe is so easy and awesome that I want to share it with you. Of course, I’ll be adding in my own opinions and experience making this easy bagel recipe.
Easy Homemade Bagel Recipe
Here’s my summary of a quick and easy homemade bagel recipe adapted from Skinnytaste. You do not need any fancy kitchen appliances or hard to find ingredients to make these bagels.
With that said, you can make these gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour like Bob’s Redmill or dairy free by using a dairy free yogurt like Kite Hill. If you need to skip the egg, you can do that by brushing the bagels with water to help the topping stick. Of course, you can skip the oven and cook these in your airfryer. That is if you are lucky enough to have an airfryer.
Turn on the Oven and Set up your Baking Surface
Preheat your oven to 375F. Place parchment paper or a silpat on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray it with oil or whatever non-stick spray you have on hand to avoid sticking. I’m a big fan of the spray coconut oil from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a silpat or parchment paper, just spray your baking sheet liberally with non-stick spray.
Make the dough
Grab a medium sized bowl and add one cup unbleached all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour or gluten-free mix. Add 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Make sure your baking powder is in date. The expired baking powder just doesn’t work. If you’re like me and don’t bake all the time, there’s a chance the powder in your pantry is expired. Add ¾ teaspoon kosher salt. Wisk all the dry ingredients together to ensure they are well mixed.
Add one cup non-fat Greek yogurt to your bowl. Those individual Greek yogurts you see in the refrigerator section of the grocery store are 1 cup. If you haven’t been a fan of Greek Yogurt in the past, don’t worry. You really won’t taste the yogurt in the bagels and regular yogurt would be too sticky. Mix in the Greek yogurt with a fork until it is well combined. It will look more like small crumbles than actual dough. Don’t worry if your dough looks funky at this point.
Form the Bagels
The recipe suggests you lightly dust your work surface with flour and knead the dough there. You can do that. You can also grab a small handful of flour and knead the dough in your hands or using your existing bowl. you see, I’m not a fan of dishes and minimize them when I can. Regardless, knead the dough until it is tacky. If it feels sticky, add a little more flour to your surface (or hands).
Divide the dough into 4 equal balls. Roll each ball into a 1-inch rope and join the ends to form bagels. They should look like bagels at this point.
Beat an egg in a small bowl until mixed thoroughly. You can also use an egg white if you choose. Top your bagels with the egg wash using a brush. If you don’t have a brush, I found you can just dip a paper towel in the egg mix and wipe it across your bagels. As I mentioned earlier, you can also substitute water for the egg if desired. Then, sprinkle the tops of the bagels with the seasoning of your choice. You can use sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or even cheese. My personal favorite is everything bagel seasoning which can be purchased in the spice aisle of most grocery stores.
Bake on your oven’s top rack for 20-25 minutes until brown. Let cool for at least 10-15 minutes before cutting.
Air Fryer Method
Full disclosure, I don’t own an air fryer nor do I know anything about them (yet). The recipe I am following recommends setting your air fryer to 280F. Bake for 15-16 minutes until golden, without turning. Let cool for at least 10-15 minutes before cutting.
I like these bagels toasted with butter. But, topping them with cream cheese is a great option too. You can also add cheese and egg or sausage to make a tasty breakfast sandwich.
I hope you like this quick and easy bagel recipe and give it a try. When you try this recipe, don’t forget to comment below and tell me how your bagels turned out.