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Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Bagels

Breakfast will forever be my favorite meal.

Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Bagels

And bagels will forever be one of my favorite foods.

We have not one single bagel bakery in Nowheresville, North Carolina. Dunkin’ Donuts is about 25 miles away (and their coffee tastes like sugary milk. Sorry DD. Can’t handle it.) and our grocery store doesn’t make bagels in their bakery. One of the vendors at our farmer’s market sells bagels. But it’s January.

I’m weird about bagel flavors, too. I’m a savory girl. Cinnamon raisin toast? Yes. Cinnamon raisin bagel? NO.

Give me Everything. Or Poppy Seed. Garlic. Jalapeno Cheddar.

Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Bagels

A whole wheat, smothered in garden vegetable cream cheese kind of bagel. Yuuuuuuuum.

There was nowhere to go to satisfy my bagel cravings.

So I made my own! And it was really pretty easy.

That’s not to say I didn’t ef plenty of bagel recipes up before I got this one right though. I made some jalapeno cheddar bagels in the middle of the summer because summer in North Carolina is a great time to boil things and pre-heat your oven for half the day. It was too hot in here, I let them rise too much, and then the phone rang. That boiled dough was a hot mess quite literally. My first few tries with the whole wheat bagels happened pretty unsuccessfully, too. All the recipes I tried called for too much flour, not enough salt, not enough action from the yeast. I was beginning to think that making bagels was gonna end up like the first batch of THESE biscuits. Remember those? Yeah.

Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Bagels

But I tried again and wooooooo! Bagels. All chewy and warm and basically amazing.

I didn’t tell you about all my bagel flub ups to discourage you. Noooooo! It’s the opposite, really. Cause see, I worked out all the kinks. I made it really easy. Easy! I pinky promise.

Oh and hey— one more thing.

Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Bagels

These are less than 200 calories. So don’t harbor any guilt over cream cheese or a poached egg.

Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Bagels
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix the warm water, sugar, and salt. Stir until the sugar and salt have dissolved.
  2. Add the yeast and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the flour ½ cup at a time.
  4. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a snake shape. Lightly pinch the ends together to make a circle.
  5. Lay the bagels out on an ungreased baking sheet. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.
  6. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop 2 bagels at a time into the boiling water. Cook them for 2-3 minutes and remove from the water with a slotted spoon.
  7. Scatter a little bit of cornmeal across an ungreased baking sheet and place the rest in a shallow dish, Dip the bottom of each cooked bagel in the cornmeal and then place on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Shake the poppy seeds over the moist bagels and then let them sit for 45 minutes.
  9. Pre-heat the oven to 475.
  10. Bake the bagels for 10 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Bagels

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Lauren

Monday 6th of January 2014

In other bagel recipes I've seen it calls for putting baking soda in the boiling water why didn't you?

Heather

Monday 6th of January 2014

Hi Lauren! I do that for pretzels but not for bagels. The baking soda definitely yields different results. If you prefer the baking soda boil then go to town! Here are soft pretzels I made recently that call for a quick baking soda boil: https://www.sugardishme.com/2013/12/29/buffalo-chicken-pretzel-bites/

free penny press

Friday 18th of January 2013

Bagels are what get me going in the morning..Like you, i like flavors not sweetness. You are so adventurous to make a bagel..these do look easy to make and yummy as well!!

Heather

Friday 18th of January 2013

Oh my gosh they were so easy! I've been making bagel sandwiches all week!

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl

Thursday 17th of January 2013

I haven't made homemade bagels in years, but after seeing these, I totally need to try them again. LOVE! Thanks so much for linking up at What's in Your Kitchen Wednesday!

Heather

Friday 18th of January 2013

Yes! Make them! Thanks, Ashley!

eatwilmington

Wednesday 16th of January 2013

You need to email your mailing address to me, like, yesterday! I have to send you a tool so that your bagels come out perfectly shaped. It's like a crime for such great food not to look the part! Its my treat to you for faithfully blogging away while I'm being a slacker! eatwilmington@gmail.com

Heather

Thursday 17th of January 2013

That's really nice, Susan! I kinda liked the imperfection/homemade look, but a tool would be neat!