I love these bagels for many reasons. For starters, it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that making your own homemade bagels is much cheaper than buying them at the local coffee shop. I’m talking an entire batch of bagels costs about the same as buying a single bagel at the bakery. Not to mention that they’re so much more delicious! They taste so fresh. The texture of these bagels is a divine combination of soft and moist without being overly chewy like so many bakery versions can be. (Tip: Don’t boil the dough longer than one minute or your bagels might be too chewy…unless you like them extra chewy, then go for it.) You’ll be eating fresh baked bagels in just about 2 hours, and you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry.
This recipe is for plain bagels. However, the toppings are all up to you. I topped some of mine with poppy seeds, some with egg wash to make them golden and glossy, some with coarse salt (delicious for sandwiches), and some just plain. If I had some sesame seeds in my cupboard, I would have used those too. Have fun with it!
Also, these mugs? Can’t handle how cute they are in all of their vintage-y glory. The glass is iridescent, so they make rainbow reflections…What’s not to love?