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Do-It-Yourself: Bread Machine Bagels

My one attempt at homemade bagels a few years ago flopped miserably. But Carmen from Life Blessons has inspired me to try again with her post on Homemade Bread Machine Bagels.

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  • Those look yummy! I may have to try them myself – I’m sure they’d be cheaper than store bought and tastier too!

  • Sarah says:

    I have tried and loved the recipe for bagels I found at They turn out great and we love them with cinnamon sugar on top! She also has an idea of a stopping point so you can have them almost read in the morning, then boil and bake, yummy!

  • Sabrina says:

    Have you ever baked a loaf of bread in your bread machine? I’ve seen a few of your bread machine recipes, but it looks like you mostly use it to mix the dough? I have a bread machine that I oought at a thrift store for $2. It powers on, and I can scroll through the settings…but, I have tried twice to bake bread in it, and it tastes horrible. Like maybe the yeast is working way overtime. Do you know if that’s normal for bread machine bread? Sorry, not really related to bagels, but since you used the machine…Thanks!

    • Crystal says:

      I’ve baked it in the machine some, but we never really like it. It turns out hard with very dry, hard crust.

    • HeatherS says:

      I bought a bread machine at a yard sale for $4 and have been using a cookbook called The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook by Beth Hensperger and really love it. She gives an overview in the beginning of how most bread machines work and how to best use them and the rest of the book is filled with tons of recipes. Some are baked in the machine and some are mixed in the machine and baked in the oven. I checked it out from the library but used it so much that I ended up buying my own copy.

    • Andrea Q says:

      I do not use the machine to cook the bread, only to mix the dough.

    • Melodie says:

      It’s also good for helping the dough rise at proper temperatures and times. I mix the dough and then the machine has settings that it goes through for letting the dough rest, punch down, rise, punch down again, etc. That’s really my downfall in making bread . . . once I lose my focus, I forget the dough and end up with a lump instead of a loaf.

  • Sabrina says:

    Sorry, bought, not oought!

  • I JUST got a hand me down bread machine from my mom this past weekend!! You would be so proud…instead of going out and buying new (and spending like $60) I just asked around and low and behold my mom had one sitting in her basement from 1996 brand new in box she did use or want. Works like a charm. I have been a bread making maniac. I am already on my 4th loaf. I plan on making pizza dough this weekend and I just might add the bagels to list. I absolutely love it and not sure how I ever survived with out. Pretty sure I may never buy bread again from the store.

  • Helen says:

    I love my bread machine. I have only had one bad loaf and I think I messed it up by not measuring properly. I love making English muffins! Will have to try the bagels!

    • Melodie says:

      Do share your recipe for English muffins!!!!

      • Helen says:

        1 cup milk
        3 tablespoons butter
        1 egg
        1/2 teaspoon salt
        2 teaspoons sugar
        3 cups all-purpose flour
        1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

        Put ingredients in the machine in the order listed.
        Start the dough cycle.
        When the cycle is finished.
        Sprinkle corn meal over your work area.
        Divide dough into 8-10 equal parts.
        Form into rounds and flatten into ½ inch muffins.
        Place the rounds on a baking sheet, cover and let rise for 20- 30 minutes–until not quite double.
        Heat a dry cast iron skillet or griddle over a low flame.
        Cook the muffins about 5 to 7 minutes on each side.
        They should be golden brown when you turn them.
        Split the muffins with a fork and serve warm.

  • Crystal Most says:

    I also follow the blog Memories on Clove Lane and the writter Sara posted a recipe that she used for homemade bagels and they looked yummy. I will post it and add the website to her blog. She also has wonderful recipes on her website!!

    This recipe is from AllRecipes and I use my Zojirushi Breadmaker…I love that thing. The recipe makes about 8 bagels. Last week I doubled it, and the bread maker handled it fine.

    1 cup warm water
    3 cups of bread flour
    2 TBS white sugar
    1 1/2 tsp. salt
    2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
    3 TBS sugar
    1 TSP cornmeal
    1 egg white
    Toppings if wish: shredded asiago cheese, poppy seeds, dried onion flakes, rock salt, cinnamon sugar…

    1. I add the first 5 ingredients in the order listed. Set on Dough Cycle. When complete, place dough on a lightly floured surface. Shape into 8-10 balls, flatten them, and then poke hole in the middle. (Make it big, because dough will rise.)
    2. Cover bagels with a clean dish towel, and let rise. Mine take about 30-60 minutes to get rise. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Dissolve 3 TBS of sugar in boiling water.
    3. Sprinkle an ungreased cookie sheet with cornmeal. Heat oven to 375.
    Transfer bagels to boiling water. (My pot holds about 4 at a time.) Boil for 1 minute, turning halfway through. Remove bagels and place on dish towel to drain.

    4. Arrange boiled bagels on baking sheet. Glaze top with egg white.

    My kids love asiago cheese bagels, so I will grate some of that and sprinkle on top.
    They also love “everything” bagels: I mix up some poppy seeds, dried onion flakes, and a teeny bit of coarse salt. I will dip the top of the bagel in the egg white, and then dip it in the “everything mixture”. We haven’t tried cinnamon sugar yet, but I bet that would be good.

    5. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

  • Judy says:

    I made a batch of these yesterday and they are wonderful! I made half plain and half sesame seed because that was the only type of topping I had. Today I have a batch rising as I type that I added 2 tsp. of cinnamon to the bread machine and they smell delicious already. I mixed a cup of sugar and another tsp. of cinnamon in a shaker I have and once I brush them w/ egg white I will sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top!! MMmmmmm! I will let you know how they are. I plan to make lots more and freeze them!! Thanks sooo much for this tasty recipe!!

  • Stephanie S. says:

    I just made these and they are YUMMY! I bought a bread machine at a yard sale for $2 nearly 2 years ago. It was $2 because the lady said it wouldn’t bake anymore. I have only ever used the dough cycle and it has been a great $2 investment! I replaced 3 TBSP of the bread flour with wheat gluten and they are nice and chewy 🙂

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