Seeded Sourdough Bagels using a Levain

Makes 8 Prep Time 24 hours   Cook Time 25 minutes   Calories Per Serve: 260  Rated:


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What is the difference between bagels and bread rolls? Generally texture and of course the method. Here we have an overnight rise after making the dough, in the morning bagels for breakfast. It is pretty simple and I am sure you can do it. You can totally leave the seeds off and go with any of the several options listed below.

As the crust is set from the boiling process, bagels don't rise as much as other bread once baked in the oven, giving bagels their dense and chewy interior. A longer boil produces a thicker crust and very dense interior, while a shorter boil produces a thinner crust and softer interior. What I like about the 2 minute boil is the shape ends up being near perfect. If you boil a shorter period of time the dough inside the bagel can still somehow decide to come alive and push out through the weakest part of the dough during baking giving you a wonky result.

What's your fave topping?

Avocado, ham and cheese

Cream cheese, red onions, capers and smoked salmon (with a squeeze of lemon)

Bacon and eggs

Cheese toastie of any description


Raspberry Jam...(potentially also with cream cheese)

Loads of butter while they're still warm from the oven

Banana and honey

There is no end to what you can eat on top of a bagel. It has a very stable base so can be loaded up. Enjoy!

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For this recipe I make a levain in the morning and let it activate all day. No need to fuss. Just make and get on with your life.


I then make the dough in the evening using the active levain.


Place all dough ingredients into the Thermomix bowl and knead 3 min/Interval/dough setting.


Tip out dough into a large bowl, cover and leave overnight or 12 hours. You will have a taut firm dough but it will clearly have risen.


Line a baking tray with paper.


Use a Silpat mat for the shaping of the dough. Form the bagels by dividing the dough into 8 pieces approx 110g each. Roll into balls and flatten slightly. Push your finger through the centre of each dough ball and form the bagel by kneading the dough into a ring shape. If you don't have enough space in the centre you will end up with a weird shaped bun, so make sure the hole is visible. Place each bagel onto the prepared tray, cover and allow to rise again for at least an hour until slightly risen and smooth.


Preheat the oven to 220°C on a bread baking setting or conventional oven.


Bring a large pot of water to the boil with the sugar and plenty of salt.


Drop a couple of bagels at a time into the boiling water and set a timer, they need to boil for at least 2 minutes if not a bit longer. Remove with a slotted spoon or strainer and return with the smoothest side up onto the lined tray.


When they are cool enough to handle, dip the top side into the seed bowl. Return to the tray seed side up.


Bake 25 minutes until dark brown.


Serve with any toppings of your choice.


These freeze really well. Freeze in serving sizes in freezer bags, thaw and reheat briefly before serving as though fresh. You can of course toast these, though the seeds tend to get a bit overdone.

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