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5 Bagel Recipes for National Bagel Day

by Ann Ferguson

Bagels are awesome. They are chewy, soft, round rolls made by hand. They taste fabulous as breakfast sandwiches or as snacks, and a bagel paired with a schmear of cream cheese and lox is a match made in heaven.

According to food trend analyst George Rosenbaum, “A bagel is a donut with the sin removed." Hear, hear!

To celebrate National Bagel Day, which is January 15, we’ve collected 5 awesome bagel recipes you can make at home. They’re not incredibly complex, but you’ll definitely want to roll up your sleeves and get your range’s rapid-boil burner ready for the performance of its life.

Paul Hollywood’s Rainbow Bagel Recipe

several rainbow bagels laid out on a gingham cloth

Whether you have seen every episode of The Great British Bake Off or you have had to listen to your loved ones tell you about every episode of The Great British Bake Off, you probably know who Paul Hollywood is.

If we’re off-base with that guess, then you’ve at least heard of rainbow bagels! They’re colorful, twisty, striped, and best of all—they taste just like a regular bagel!

This recipe is from the blue-eyed baker himself: Paul Hollywood’s Rainbow-Coloured Bagels. In 12 steps, you can make the trendiest bagels of the decade and delight your loved ones with these vibrant breakfast breads.

(Tip: Bicarbonate of soda is baking soda.)

Yield: 6 bagels

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

New York-Style Bagel Recipe

a baker’s hands poke holes in bagel dough

New York is renowned for its bagels. Bagels are renowned for being a pain to make. This recipe is as simple as they come!

This one-day New York-Style bagel recipe takes just 2 hours to make, was written by a native New Yorker, and produces bagels that are as good out of the oven as they are toasted throughout the next week.

This recipe doesn’t ask you to roll logs of dough out before shaping them into circles; instead, it has you make dough balls that you poke holes through and stretch into the familiar bagel shape!

Yield: 8 bagels

Time: 2 hours

Gluten-Free Bagel Recipe

Not to leave out your loved ones with gluten allergies or sensitivities, we’ve included this recipe for easy, no-rise, gluten-free bagels.

They still contain the yeast the other recipes do, and the recipe calls for gluten-free bread four. If you don’t have gluten-free bread flour, check out this guide to blending your own gluten-free flour mixes.

Just like the other recipes, this gluten-free bagel recipe calls for your most trusted rapid-boil burner. Don’t boil your bagels for more than 45 seconds per side or you risk getting bubbly crust and an uneven texture!

Yield: 8 bagels

Time: 25 minutes

Montreal-Style Bagel Recipe

two rows of Montreal bagels in a wood oven

Ironically enough, this New York Times Cooking recipe is for Montreal Bagels.

Montreal bagels, according to this reverent recipe, are “a different breed, chewy and tinged with a tantalizing sweetness.”

You’ll want to use honey or malt-sweetened water when you boil these bagels. Doing so imparts a gloss and sweetness to the bagels you won’t find in other recipes.

Note: True Montreal bagels are baked in wood ovens, so if you have a wood-burning oven, try this recipe instead.

Yield: 18 bagels

Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

4-Ingredient Air-Fried Chocolate-Chip Bagels

three chocolate chip bagels on a white background

This chocolate-chip bagel recipe calls for air-frying! It’s quick, only has four ingredients, and it produces super-tasty homemade bagels in seven steps.

You won't boil these bagels like you would for the other recipes. Instead, you'll use the air-fry setting in your range to get that soft interior and chewy exterior on the bagels. 

Yield: 4 bagels

Time: 20 minutes

If you’ve been inspired by any of these recipes, let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear how your bagel-making celebration of National Bagel Day goes. And, if you find yourself inspired by any of the features we mentioned, like simmer or rapid boil burners, shop our appliances catalog and call us with any questions.