Sour Dough Bagels #breadbakers

These simple chewy and tasty bagels are made with a easy Sour Dough Starter. A delicious recipe to add to your bread baking repertoire.


This months Bread Baker theme is all about bagels. I got the Classic Sourdough Starter recipe from my friend Mary. I decided to try my hand at adding the starter to a bagel dough I love.

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. This month is all about bagels. A very big thanks to our host Heather King over at Hezzi Ds Books and Cooks

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Sour Dough Bagels


1 cup of Mary's starter. (see link above)
5 cups unbleached bread flour
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 teaspons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

1 tablespoon brown sugar


Make your starter according to the instructions listed in the link. When ready to make your bagels remove 1 cup of the starter.
Combine the starter with the flour water salt and yeast in a electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. It should for a stiff not dry dough. Place the dough on a lightly greased bowl and to rise for 1 hour. Gently deflate and allow ro rise for another 30 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a work surface and divide into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth round ball. Allow the dough to rise another 30 minutes.
Fill a 10 inch pan with water about 1 inch deep add a tablespoon of brown sugar. Bring to a gentle simmer.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
Use on of your fingers to poke a hole in the center of each of the balls. Then twirl to stretch the hole in the middle. It should be about 2 inches in diameter. Place each bagel in a lightly greased baking sheet. Transfer the bagels 3-4 at a time to the simmering water. Cook the bagels 2 minutes on one side then flip them and cook another 1 minute on the other. Remove the bagels from the water and place them back on the baking sheet repeat until all the bagels are boiled.
Bake the bagels in the oven until they are as deep brown as you like. To top with seeds, remove from the oven and spray with water and sprinkle with seeds. Return to the oven another 5-10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the delicious bagels:

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14 Responses to “Sour Dough Bagels #breadbakers”

  1. #
    Carola — February 10, 2015 at 4:52 am

    The recipe looks great, I need to try them.


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    Renee — February 10, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I’m thinking the tang of sourdough would give the bagels such a nice flavor. Adding to my to-make list.


  3. #
    Jenni — February 10, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Sourdough lends such depth of flavor! I need to sourdough sometime. Keeping a starter alive just seems like a huge commitment! lol Lovely bagels, Vonnie!


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    Mary — February 10, 2015 at 8:10 am

    The sourdough bagels look great! What I love about that particular starter is it’s a “fix it and forget” one until you want to use it again. Thanks for trying it and liking it. I can just taste one of your gorgeous bagels now!


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    Stacy — February 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Now we all need Mary’s starter recipe too, since she says you can fix it and forget it. That sounds quite do-able.

    What a great idea for bagels, Vonnie! So glad to have you joining us!


  6. #
    Adam — February 10, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I like these sourdough recipes, where you use the unfed starter with yeast. It lets you get the nice flavor of the sourdough without all the waiting!


  7. #
    Holly — February 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Sourdough is among my favorite types of bread– I think it would be great as a bagel and perfect for breakfast or to use in a sandwich at lunch.


  8. #
    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm — February 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I have been wanting a good sourdough starter recipe and now I can make bagels with it as well. Thanks.


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    A Taste Of Madness — February 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I really need to try making bagels! This looks so good!


  10. #
    Cindys Recipes and Writings — February 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I never used a starter for bagels. sounds interesting!


  11. #
    Sophie — February 10, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Sourdough bagels! Wow. Such a great idea


  12. #
    Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories — February 10, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Sourdough bagels are so next on my list! These look wonderful!


  13. #
    Laura@Baking in Pyjamas — February 11, 2015 at 6:46 am

    I can imagine the sourdough tang made these super yummy.


  14. #
    kidschic — February 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Fabulous bread !!


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