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How to Make Poppy Seed Bagels

Instructions For Use With:
Homemade Poppy Seed Bagels


Additional Equipment

  • Food Processor (optional)

  • Mixing Bowl

  • Plastic Wrap

  • Kitchen Towels

  • Large Slotted Spoon or Spider

  • Baking Sheet

  • Baking Mat

  • Pastry Brush

Included Ingredients

  • Everything Bagel Baking Mix

  • Malt Powder

  • Poppy Seeds

  • Baking Yeast

Additional Ingredients

  • Warm Water

  • 1 Tsp (5ml) Sugar

  • Oil or Non-Stick Spray

  • Flour (for dusting surfaces)

  • 1 Egg

Let's Get Started
Step-by-Step Instructions

Proof Yeast

Adding yeast to water
Stirring yeast in water

In a small bowl, combine your full yeast packet, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 6 ounces (177 ml) warm water. Stir gently. Let sit until cloudy, about 5 minutes.

Combine Yeast & Baking Mix

Opening baking mix
Adding yeast solution to baking mix

Add baking mix and proofed yeast solution to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until mixed.

Don’t have a food processor? Don’t worry. This can all be done by hand.

Add Water & Knead

Adding water to dough
Kneading dough

With food processor running, slowly add an additional 6 ounces (177 ml) warm water, and process until dough forms an elastic ball, about 2 to 3 minutes.

If you’re not using a food processor, mix by hand until incorporated and then knead until dough forms an elastic ball.

Let Dough Rise

Let dough rise
Dough rising

Transfer dough to an oiled mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm area until dough has roughly doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Cold Weather Tip: Make sure to let your dough rise in a warm area. Yeast (much like the rest of us) is a bit sluggish in the cold and it may take 15 to 30 minutes longer for your dough to rise.

Divide Dough

Turn dough out onto floured surface
Divide dough into balls

Turn dough out onto a floured work surface (like your counter). Gently flatten with your hands, and divide the dough into 12 balls.

Rope & Loop Dough

Rope dough into bagels
Form into bagels

Using your hands, roll each ball into a rope. It should be about 1" (2.5 cm) thick, 6-8" (15-20 cm) long. Wrap around the outside of your hand to form a loop and press ends together to seal.


Cover and wait

Repeat with all balls of dough, and lightly cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap once formed.

Prepare Water Bath

When you are done forming the dough, you should start heating up your water bath and preheating your oven to 400° F (204° C). For your water bath, bring 4 quarts (4 L) of water to a boil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add your malt to the water and stir gently to dissolve.

Boil Bagels

Boil your bagels
Check your boiling bagels

Use a large slotted spoon or spider to add 1 or 2 bagels to the water bath. Boil for 1 minute, turning bagels over half-way through. Remove bagels with spoon to a clean kitchen towel and pat dry. Repeat for all bagels.

Egg Wash & Season

Adding egg wash to bagels
Covering bagels with poppy seeds

Place bagels on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.

In a small bowl, make an egg wash by whisking 1 egg with 1 tbsp (15ml) water. Brush bagels with egg wash, and spoon poppy seeds over each bagel.

Bake & Enjoy

Homemade poppy seed bagel ready to eat

Bake until tops are golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

Eat. Share with the world, and try something new.

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