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Bagels Recipe

Bagels Recipe

Ingredients: Makes 12

15 g fresh yeast or 20 ml/4 tsp dried yeast
5 ml/1 tsp caster (superfine) sugar

300 ml warm milk
50 g/2 oz butter or margarine

450g/1 lb/4 cups strong plain (bread) flour
A pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
30 ml/2 tbsp poppy seeds


Blend the yeast with the sugar and a little of the warm milk and leave in a warm place for 20 minutes until frothy. Rub the butter or margarine into the flour and salt and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture, the remaining warm milk and the egg yolk and mix to a smooth dough. Knead until the dough is elastic and no longer sticky. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with oiled clingfilm (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in size.

Knead the dough lightly, then cut it into 12 pieces. Roll each one into a long strip about 15 cm/6 in long and twist into a ring. Place on a greased baking (cookie) sheet, cover and leave to rise for 15 minutes.

Bring a large pan of water to the boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer. Drop a ring into the simmering water and cook for 3 minutes, turning once, then remove and place on a baking (cookie) sheet. Continue with the remaining bagels. Sprinkle the bagels with poppy seeds and bake in a preheated oven at 230C/450F/gas mark 8 for 20 minutes until golden.

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