Bagels for brunch

Start your day right with a delightful brunch featuring our delicious low-fat bagels. Indulge in the mouthwatering aroma and perfectly golden crust surrounding these freshly baked delights. Not only will they satisfy your taste buds, but they will also keep those annoying mid-morning hunger pangs at bay. Made with wholesome ingredients and carefully crafted to be low in fat, these bagels are a guilt-free treat for any occasion. Whether you choose to enjoy them plain, toasted with a spread, or as a base for a savory sandwich, our bagels for brunch will surely be a hit.


  • 7g sachet dried yeast
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 450g bread flour
  • poppy, fennel and/or sesame seeds to sprinkle on top (optional)

Preparation steps

  1. Tip the yeast and 1 tbsp sugar into a large bowl, and pour over 100ml warm water. Leave for 10 mins until the mixture becomes frothy.
  2. Pour 200ml warm water into the bowl, then stir in the salt and half the flour.
  3. Keep adding the remaining flour (you may not have to use it all) and mixing with your hands until you have a soft, but not sticky dough.
  4. Knead the dough for 10 mins until it feels smooth and elastic.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and put it in a clean, lightly oiled bowl.
  6. Cover the bowl loosely with cling film and leave it in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 10 pieces, each about 85g.
  9. Shape each piece into a flattish ball, then take a wooden spoon and use the handle to make a hole in the middle of each ball.
  10. Slip the spoon into the hole, then twirl the bagel around the spoon to make a hole about 3cm wide.
  11. Cover the bagel loosely with cling film while you shape the remaining dough.
  12. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the remaining sugar.
  13. Slip the bagels into the boiling water, no more than four at a time.
  14. Cook for 1-2 mins, turning over in the water until the bagels have puffed slightly and a skin has formed.
  15. Remove the bagels with a slotted spoon and drain away any excess water.
  16. Sprinkle your choice of topping over the bagels and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment.
  17. Bake the bagels in the oven for 25 mins until they are browned and crisp – the bases should sound hollow when tapped.
  18. Leave the bagels to cool on a wire rack.
  19. Serve the bagels with your favorite filling.

Nutrition Facts

178 1g 1g 40g 6g 1g 5g 1g

Equipment and tools

To make bagels for brunch, you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Dough scraper
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Large pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Wire cooling rack

Allergen information

The Bagels for Brunch recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Gluten (from bread flour)

The recipe may also optionally include the following allergens based on your chosen toppings:

  • Seeds (poppy, fennel, sesame)

Please be aware of these allergens if you or anyone consuming the bagels has dietary restrictions or allergies.

Storage and Leftovers

If you have any leftover bagels, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To maintain their freshness, you can also freeze the bagels for up to 3 months. Simply wrap them individually in plastic wrap or place in a freezer-safe bag before freezing.

When ready to enjoy the leftovers, you can thaw the frozen bagels at room temperature or reheat them in a toaster or oven to restore their texture and flavor.

Health Benefits of Bagels for Brunch

Bagels are a popular choice for brunch, and besides being delicious and versatile, they also offer several health benefits. When made with nutritious ingredients and paired with healthy toppings, bagels can be a nutritious addition to your brunch menu. Let’s explore the health benefits of enjoying bagels for brunch:

1. Good Source of Energy

Bagels are primarily made of bread flour, which is a good source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide the body with energy, making bagels a great choice to start your day. The energy provided by bagels can fuel your morning activities and keep you feeling satisfied for longer periods of time.

2. Rich in fiber

Whole grain bagels, made with bread flour that includes the bran and germ, are a rich source of dietary fiber. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system and can help prevent constipation. Including fiber-rich bagels in your brunch can contribute to a well-balanced diet.

3. Contains essential vitamins and minerals

Bagels made with bread flour often contain essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron, B vitamins, and zinc. Iron is important for oxygen transport throughout the body, while B vitamins and zinc play a role in supporting overall health and proper immune system function.

4. Versatile toppings and fillings

One of the best things about bagels is their versatility when it comes to toppings and fillings. You can add a variety of healthy options, such as avocado, smoked salmon, lean protein, fresh vegetables, or low-fat spreads. These additions can further enhance the nutritional value of bagels and provide additional vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.

5. Seed toppings

If desired, you can sprinkle poppy, fennel, and/or sesame seeds on top of your bagels before baking. These seeds not only add a delightful crunch but also offer numerous health benefits. Poppy seeds are a good source of calcium and iron, while fennel seeds contain antioxidants and fiber. Sesame seeds are rich in healthy fats, fiber, and minerals like copper and manganese.

When enjoying bagels for brunch, remember to enjoy them in moderation and choose whole grain options whenever possible for maximum nutritional benefit. Incorporating a balanced variety of ingredients will allow you to savor a satisfying and healthy brunch with bagels at the center of your meal.

So, next time you plan a brunch, consider including bagels as a tasty and nutrition-packed option.

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