Homemade Onion Bagels

Homemade onion bagels aren’t difficult and can be made with ordinary home ingredients. Who wants bagels for breakfast! Homemade onion bagels aren't difficult and can be made with ordinary home ingredients. Who wants bagels for breakfast now!

What’s your idea of good comfort food? Mac n cheese? Chicken soup? Chocolate Chip Cookies? Anything chocolate?

Well for me, bagels are comfort food.

Homemade onion bagels aren't difficult and can be made with ordinary home ingredients. Who wants bagels for breakfast now!I think it goes back to all the brunches in my youth when cream cheese, bagels and lox were served.  It was a great way to have a meal that was delicious and festive but easy enough for the hostess to relax too.

Of course, making the bagels from scratch is actually work. But it’s much easier than you’d think.

You start by making a bread-like yeast dough and let it rise for about an hour. Next you form bagels, give them a brief second rise, then boil and bake. Easy peasy.

The boiling is done in water mixed with baking soda which helps them brown nicely as they bake. If you are interested in the science check out this NPR analysisHomemade onion bagels aren't difficult and can be made with ordinary home ingredients. Who wants bagels for breakfast now!

I hadn’t made bagels in years but my Sunday bloggers onion theme was the perfect incentive. Despite the appeal of homemade, they had fallen by the wayside as I juggled career and kids. 

So I was excited to try them again. Homemade onion bagels aren't difficult and can be made with ordinary home ingredients. Who wants bagels for breakfast now!

It was also fun to use the old electric frying pan I got from my mother. She used it for so many recipes growing up that it was positively nostalgic. Why had I let it sit unused for months in the basement!

Happily, this bagel worked for me the first time I tried. So then my next thought was all of the other flavors I could try. Cinnamon Cranberry anyone?  Homemade onion bagels aren't difficult and can be made with ordinary home ingredients. Who wants bagels for breakfast now!

Yup that frying pan’s going to get a lot of use now!

Homemade onion bagels aren't difficult and can be made with ordinary home ingredients. Who wants bagels for breakfast now!

Homemade Onion Bagels

Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Homemade onion bagels aren't difficult and can be made with ordinary home ingredients. Who wants bagels for breakfast now!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (about 115 F)
  • 1 ½ t active dry yeast (or ½ packet)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • Water for boiling
  • 1-2 T dried minced onion

Instructions

Combine the warm water, yeast and sugar and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.


Combine remaining ingredients except the minced onion, then add to the water mixture. Mix and adjust flour or water if needed to make a dough that is just slightly sticky. Knead the dough until it “pushes back”, 5-10 minutes.


Put the dough in a bowl at least double its size and top with a wet cloth. Let the dough rise for about an hour until it has doubled in size.


Punch down the dough and divide into 6 pieces. Form each into a ball and poke your thumb through the center to make a bagel shape. Set the bagels in a warm place to rise about 15 minutes.


Line a baking sheet with parchment or spray with non-stick spray.


Add the baking soda and enough water to a tall frying pan or saucepan that is deep enough to float the bagels. Bring to a boil.


Set the bagels in the boiling water, 2-3 at a time and boil for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove the bagels with a slotted spoon, drain them on a towel, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with dried mined onion. Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes until golden and cooked through.

Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3052mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

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20 thoughts on “Homemade Onion Bagels

  1. David Scott Allen

    I haven’t made homemade bagels in decades! To be honest, I have never liked a single bagel that came from the store (even from NYC!)… But homemade ones are so different, and so fresh. That is a great tip about the baking soda… I did not know that, and will give it a try. Since I’m baking some sort of bread almost every other day, why not bagels?

  2. April

    I’ve always wanted to try my hand at homemade bagels, but haven’t yet. Not sure why, but they are definitely on my try-it list again after seeing yours!

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