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Easy Homemade Bagel Recipe

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These Easy Homemade Bagels are so easy yet delicious. Made with only 3 ingredients, this bagel has a nice outer crust and soft inside, this is the only bagel recipe you’ll ever need.

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This homemade bagel recipe has become a staple in our house. Not only is it so darn to easy to make, but my girls and I can’t get enough of them. I love how simple this bagel recipe is and the variety of bagels I can make. The best part about it is I can have bagels in about 15 minutes from start to finish when I make them in my air fryer. You can also make these in a traditional oven if you don’t have an air fryer.

For this recipe, you’ll need the following:

bagels on a plate with blue towel around them next to a tub of cream cheese

How to make Homemade Bagels with 3 Ingredients

Combine 1 cup of self-rising flour and 1 cup of greek yogurt in a bowl and stir until they are fully combined together. Once this is done you will want to place the dough on a floured surface and knead 3-4 times until you form a ball with the dough. You have now made it through the hardest steps!

Separate the dough into 4 equal-sized pieces and then roll them into circles. Lightly flatten them. In homemade bagel recipe fashion, you then get to poke your own hole in the middle of the dough pieces.

The bagels may turn out looking a little rougher then you are used to when you shape them. Trust me that these 3 ingredient bagels will smoothen out while baking.

Once the homemade bagels are put together, you will need a pastry brush. Using this pastry brush, you will brush the top of the bagels with a lightly beaten egg. Seasonings are up to you at this point to put on the top.

The most common bagel toppings are: Everything Bagel Seasoning, Cinnamon Sugar, Asiago Cheese or Cheddar Cheese or Plain (sprinkle the top with a little kosher salt for added flavor).

Air Fryer Bagels

To make air fryer bagels, you will need to lightly spray the Air Fryer Basket with oil and cook on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes or until tops are golden and the bagel is cooked through. Remove and allow it to cool.

Oven Baked Bagels

To bake these in the oven, you will need to follow the same above instructions but instead place the bagels on a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.. Place in an oven that has been preheated to 450 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes until the tops are golden. Serve and enjoy! 

Finished bagels in air fryer basket

Really Important Notes:

  • These bagels are not as chewy and robust as store-bought bagels. They’re definitely still good though and perfect for making at home.
  • Try not to over-knead the dough when making this recipe. A light roll into a ball is all you need. Over-kneading will cause the bagels to become tough.
  • Omitting the egg wash will cause the top of the bagels to become tough and hard rather than nice and crusty. I wouldn’t omit it in this recipe. 
  • These bagels can be stored in your refrigerator for 3-4 days or they can be frozen.
  • If your Air fryer has metal grates rather than a non-stick coating, you will need to place parchment paper on the grates before adding the bagels. Otherwise, your bagels will stick.
  • You’ll want to make sure to use a Greek yogurt that is thick with the liquid drained (nonfat or whole milk Greek yogurt both work great).

Looking for more bread recipes? Try this easy banana bread recipe.

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Easy Homemade Bagel Recipe

These Homemade Bagels are so easy yet delicious. With a nice outer crust and soft inside, this is the only bagel recipe you’ll ever need.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer bagels, homemade bagel recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 158kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 cup self-rising flour or 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 and ½ baking powder, and ¼ tsp salt mixed together
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • Toppings of your choice

Instructions

  • Combine self-rising flour and Greek Yogurt in a bowl and stir until they are fully combined together. Once this is done you will want to place the dough on a floured surface and knead until you form a ball with the dough.
  • Separate the dough into 4 equal-sized pieces and then roll them into circles. Lightly flatten them and stick a hole in the middle.
  • Use a pastry brush and spread the egg over the bagel dough. Top with your favorite toppings. Bake in the Air fryer or oven.

Air Fryer Method

  • Lightly spray the Air Fryer Basket with oil and place the bagels inside. Cook on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes or until tops are golden and the bagel is cooked through. Remove and allow it to cool.

Oven Method

  • Place the bagels on a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Place in an oven that has been preheated to 450 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes until the tops are golden. Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Try not to over-knead the dough when making this recipe. A light roll into a ball is all you need. Over-kneading will cause the bagels to become tough.
  • Omitting the egg wash will cause the top of the bagels to become tough and hard rather than nice and crusty. I wouldn’t omit it in this recipe.
  • These bagels can be stored in your refrigerator for 3-4 days or they can be frozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
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Gerald

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

I tried it and it worked. Keep the recipes coming!!!

Tanya

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Thanks Gerald! Glad you enjoyed the bagels.

Dave

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

1:1 ratio makes the dough much too soupy. Had to keep adding flour to make it workable. Taste is good, however.

Tanya

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Thanks Dave. It may be the kind of Greek yogurt you used. Mine is pretty thick (I've used Publix brand and Choboni). But yes, if it's too soupy, adding more flour until it forms a dough works.

Phyllis Bergst

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Have to go get Greek Yogurt tomorrow, what is the best fat content?

Tanya

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Hi Phyllis, I've used both non-fat Greek yogurt (Publix brand) and Choboni Whole Milk Greek yogurt and the texture was exactly the same. However, I liked the taste of the whole milk one a little better.