Whole Wheat Bagels

Hands on Time: 30 minutes
Baking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours including rise time
Yield: 12 bagels

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Great for any meal or snack. No added fat!
Traditionally served with cream cheese, lox (smoked salmon), thin sliced onions, or capers but delicious with butter and jam as well.


  • 2 packages (2 scant tablespoons)active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 cups WEM Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 2 1/2 cups WEM All Purpose Flour
  • 1 gallon water for cooking
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Options for toppings:

  • Beaten egg white for glaze, coarse sea or kosher salt, sesame seeds or poppy seeds


  1. In large bowl, dissolve yeast with 1 1/2 cups warm water.
  2. Stir in sugar, salt and flours to make a soft dough.
  3. Turn out on floured surface.
  4. Knead 10 minutes by hand, flouring board as needed or by machine with dough hook, until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Place in a clean, oiled bowl, turning once to coat all of dough.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean cloth.
  7. Let rise in a warm place 40-45 minutes.
  8. Deflate (punch down) dough.
  9. Roll out on lightly floured surface to 1 inch thick.
  10. Cut with a round doughnut cutter (hole in the middle) or into 12 strips 5 inches long. Roll each strip to 1/2 inch thick. Moisten ends and join together.
  11. Leave bagels on floured surface and cover with a cloth. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  12. Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil in a large pot. Lower temperature to a low boil.
  13. Add 4 bagels at a time to water and simmer exactly 5 minutes-any longer might cause sogginess.
  14. Remove from water with slotted spoon and cool on a towel while cooking remaining bagels.
  15. Preheat oven to 375 degrees while last batch of bagels is in the water.
  16. Place bagels on an ungreased baking sheet.
  17. If desired, brush tops with beaten egg white and sprinkle with coarse or kosher salt, sesame or poppy seeds.
  18. Bake 30 minutes.
  19. Options: A variety of ingredients can be added to the dough before kneading such as 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 cup raisins, chopped onions or garlic, sunflower, poppy sesame or flax seeds.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

These freeze very well. Thaw, slice and toast for an instant breakfast or snack.
Make smaller mini bagels for fun size snacks.

One Response to Whole Wheat Bagels

  1. Sara February 6, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    I let my bread maker do the work, remove and let rise in a greased bowl….don’t know why, but I do. These bagels make amazing everything bagels!

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