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Sourdough Bagels

An easy recipe for sourdough bagels, made easily at home with a sourdough starter.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 14 hours
Total Time 15 hours
Servings 10
Calories 200kcal
Author Michelle



  • 90 g active sourdough starter
  • 270 g warm water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 7 g sea salt

For boiling:

  • 8 C water for boiling
  • 2 tablespoon honey


The day before:

  • Mix together sourdough starter, warm water, sugar, flour, and sea salt in stand mixer and knead until a smooth dough forms, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Shape into a ball and let it rest in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and place at room temperature (about 21°C) for 8-10 hours, until slightly puffy and doubled in size. Transfer into the fridge to rest overnight.

On the day you want to make:

  • In the morning, remove dough from the fridge and let it rest at room temperature for 3-4 hours. Dough should be slightly puffy.
  • Divide dough into 10 pieces and shape into a bagel. (You can roll into a log and join the ends together, or simply make a round and use your thumb to poke a hole in the middle).
  • Place dough onto a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F/218°C.
  • In the meantime, bring 8 C water to a boil and add in honey. Lower to a simmer.
  • Place the dough into the simmering liquid and boil for about 30 seconds, until the bagel floats. [Don't let it sit in the hot water for more than 30 seconds or else the bagel will not rise very well].
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and add toppings (if using).
  • Place the bagel topping side up onto the baking sheet. Repeat with the remainder.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until slightly golden in colour. Best enjoyed while fresh.


Note: Bagels can be sliced in half and frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Pop into the toaster before serving.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg