Multiseed Whole & White Bagels

multiseed whole white bagelsI love discovering new challenges within the blogging world, ensuring that I always get to try out something new and never made by me before. Take, for example the other day. Whilst reading about Helen at Fuss Free Flavours WASTE NOT WANT NOT 5 FLOUR LOAF, I discovered the TWELVE LOAVES challenge.

The theme of the challenge is to bake your own bread from  scratch and this month the added ingredients to your loaf are to be nuts, seeds or grains. You could use all three or a combination of a couple of them. There are 3 hosts who are as follows…….

Jamie at Life’s a Feast, Lora the Cake Duchess and Barb of Creative Culinary.

multiseed whole white bagelsOne thing I have always wanted to make ever since visiting New York on my last ever holiday before children was the “everything” bagel. That bagel has stayed with me ever since and I have never found anything quite like it over here in the same way that I have yet to find my ultimate Reuben sandwich although I am pretty sure there are places I would find them in London now if I tried hard enough.

The “everything” bagel I remember had the perfect topping. Seeds galore with scrunch, texture and seasoning I could never quite place.

After doing a bit of research I discovered Serious Eats asks and answers the “everything”  question HERE. And the question they raise is one of salt. I approve but suppose that some may not. After all there is salt in the dough. But a good pinch of crunchy Maldon sea salt finishes it off  perfectly for me. As for the garlic powder. Well, a complete revelation. I now fully appreciate the secret savoury hit it is.

My only concern about making them was that so many recipes had  long and time consuming techniques. I just wanted something to work well without to much hassle and I think the recipe I discovered has proved to be a winner, albeit with a few changes and adaptations made on my part. But then surely that is what cooking is all about……making something that is personal to you and your tastes. Evoking memories of New York at the same time……….

The recipe I have adapted comes from The Baker Chick. She is a New York based actress which seemed to tie in perfectly with the re-creation of my bagel. She also talks of the need to make bagels without too many long processes. Just what I need. And I like her name. Audra.

Multiseed Whole & White Bagels

Ingredients :- Makes 10-12 medium sized bagels

  • 260g strong white flour

  • 200g wholemeal plain flour

  • 2 sachets instant dried yeast

  • 300ml tepid water ( I heat mine in the microwave for 30 seconds)

  • 1tsp salt

  • 1 egg for the egg wash glaze

Everything toppings :-

  • 1tsp Maldon sea salt broken into smaller flakes, 1tsp garlic powder, 4tsp sesame seeds, 4tsp sunflower seeds roughly chopped, 4tsp pumpkin seeds roughly chopped.Mix them all together in a bowl.

Method :-

  1. Place the flours, salt and  yeast in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid/Kenwood mixer with the dough hook attached then add the water. Or place ingredients in a large bowl and add the water. Either way, knead for about 8 minutes.

  2. Leave the dough to rise for at least an hour in a bowl covered with a tea towel.

  3. Roll the dough into a long cylinder shape and cut it into 10 -12 pieces. Roll the dough into balls and let it rest for 5 minutes.

  4. Then flatten each dough ball with your hand and use your thumb to make a hole in the middle, pushing the dough hole to form a smooth edge. Let them rest covered by a tea towel for 10 minutes.

  5. Heat a large saucepan filled with water to the top. Add a teaspoon of salt and bring it to the boil.Then turn it down to a simmer.

  6. Add the bagels for 30 seconds, no more than 2 or 3 at a time. Turn them over half way through then scoop them out and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

  7. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.

  8. Brush the bagels with egg wash and top with the seeded mixture.

  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

  • Best eaten warm straight from the oven.






  1. says

    I’ve baked bagels only once in my life, I was living in the USA. It took a long time and a lot of patience to make the bread (simmering the bagels was a real challenge). WELL DONE , your bagels look fantastic. I like the all the seeds on top.

  2. says

    I saw these when you posted a pic on instagram. I’m thrilled that the recipe is now on your blog. Would love to have a go at these, especially now as I seem to be eating a lot of soup at lunch time and am always looking for some nice bread to go with it. Photos are stunning too. X

  3. says

    My favorite bagel is an every thing bagel and there is really nothing like a NYC bagel. How nice you found our challenge through Helen’s lovely blog. I really like Audra’s recipe and also want to give it a try. Your bagels look delicious. Thanks for joining us this month at Twelve Loaves, Laura:)

  4. says

    GORGEOUS! And what a great challenge too, I must join in as I often bake bread! LOVELY recipe Laura and bagels are a favourite of mine! Karen

  5. Fishfingers for tea says

    These look fantastic Laura! It’s on my list to make my own bagels but I’ve always been put off by seemingly long recipes (I’m afraid I have little patience in the kitchen, even though I love to cook) but this looks more than doable. Bookmarked. 

  6. says

    I’ve only made bagels a couple of times but they’re sooo good – and a world away from anything you can buy in the shops. Yours look lovely – the more add-ins, crunch nuts and seeds the better in my opinion!

  7. Mich - Piece of Cake says

    I’m a big fan of bagels but have never quite attempted to make them. Thanks for detailing down the steps, now it doesn’t seem so complex. 

  8. says

    I watched the bread episode of the Great British Bake Off today and was inspired to try making bagels. Your recipe is a welcome one, I think i’ll have a go, Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Triona, that is great to hear! Hope you are enjoying the Great British Bake Off, so many tricky challenges but I promise these bagels are not too hard to make at all!

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