Sign In / Sign Up
Basic Bagels

Spice Islands®

Basic Bagels


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 33 minutes

12 bagels


4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 envelope Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast

1-1/2 cups warm water (120 to 130º F)

1 egg white

1 tablespoon water

1/4 cup Spice Islands® Poppy Seed

OR Spice Islands® Sesame Seeds


Mix 1-1/2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Add water gradually and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed, scrapping bowl occasionally. Add 1/2 cup of flour. Beat at high speed for two minutes, scrapping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. (Dough should be pulling away from the sides of the bowl).

Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead for about 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour as necessary. Place in ungreased bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place for 20 minutes (dough will rise, but will not double).

Punch down dough; divide into 12 small balls. Push a finger through the middle of each ball creating a round hole about 1/2 inch in diameter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375º F.

Boil at least 2-inches of water in a large shallow pan. Lower heat and add a few bagels at a time. Simmer bagels in water for 2 to 3 minutes turning once. Remove from water and replace the bagels on the greased baking sheet.

Mix together egg white and a tablespoon of water. Brush the egg white wash over each bagel. Sprinkle poppy seeds or sesame seeds over the bagels. Bake for 30 minutes.

Italian Herb Bagels: Add 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning, and replace salt with onion salt.

Onion Bagels: Add 2 tablespoons of dehydrated minced onion, and replace salt with onion salt.

Additional Content

Enhance Your Holiday Meal
Enhance Your Holiday Meal
Give your usual holiday menu a tasty makeover with premium Spice Islands® spices and seasonings. From the main course to dessert, adding premium spices makes all the difference.
Cook Once, Feast All Season Long
Cook Once, Feast All Season Long
A smart cook knows holiday leftovers are lifesavers on the day after the feast, but a true kitchen genius has an eye on new and exciting dinners through the new year.
A Friendsgiving Menu Made for Sharing
A Friendsgiving Menu Made for Sharing
Everyone is eager to see the family for Thanksgiving, but a lot of us like to extend the festivities to our close friends—thus, Friendsgiving was born.