easy bagel recipe - it took me 10 years to lose 10 pounds

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In my last post I explained why eating white bread helped me lose weight.

While this blog is about weight loss and NOT a recipe blog, I want to share this easy bagel recipe because I LOVE it.

easy bagel recipe - four images

This easy bagel recipe is also significant because over the 10 years I struggled to lose weight, I thought a bagel filled with tuna, egg, or peanut butter was too many calories and would blow my diet. Now I know eating a hearty sandwich at lunch helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight naturally.

I hope you’ll try this recipe and make these bagels part of your balanced lunch.

Where I got this easy bagel recipe

When I was in university, there was a little bakery called The Chinese Laundry Cafe. It was the sort of place you’d go to on a first date. They were known for their cheese cake. But I loved their bagels.

Near graduation I went to this restaurant early one morning and begged the chef for her recipe. After a little persuasion she let me write it down.

That happened 20 years ago (OMG!) and the Chinese Laundry Cafe has since closed. So I don’t feel badly about sharing this recipe. In fact, I think it’s selfish if I don’t!

Easy bagel recipe

The secret to these bagels is that once the dough is knotted, they’re dropped into boiling water and honey before being baked. It’s the same principle as frying a donut except this easy bagel recipe is healthy.

easy bagel recipe - it took me 10 years to lose 10 pounds

This easy bagel recipe follows. Then there are photos so you’ll know what to expect.

Easy Bagel Recipe

As an advocate of balanced meals made of whole foods, I love these bagels because they’re made of natural ingredients.

Yield: 2 dozen

Whisk together & let stand ½ hour:
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons sugar
5 tablespoons yeast

Then whisk in:
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup honey
3 cups warm water
1 tablespoon salt
8 eggs

Stir in 2 cups at a time & knead until smooth:
4 ½ cups whole wheat flour
8 ½ cups white flour

Leave in clean, greased bowl (I use vegetable oil) to rise for 1 hour. Then:

  • punch down & kneed lightly
  • divide in half
  • cut each half into 12 strips
  • roll up and twist into bagel shape
  • rest on greased baking sheets (I use vegetable oil)
  • boil 4 at a time in large, covered pot of water & ½ cup honey, for 1 minute each side
  • place bagels back on sheets
  • brush with beaten egg & sprinkle with poppy seeds
  • bake 400F for about 15 minutes, until top and bottom are well browned

Set aside the bagels you’ll eat over the next day or two. Freeze the rest after they’ve cooled.

Easy bagel recipe WARNING!

Crazy FaceThese bagels are SO good the last time I made them my cat whose head was smaller than the bagel, stole one. I didn’t realize until I found part of it downstairs, under my desk! Please note: He’s never taken food before or since!

Here’s his mug shot, guilty as charged:

Easy bagel recipe in pictures

Water, sugar & yeast whisked together:
easy bagel recipe - Water, sugar & yeast whisked together
1/2 hour later:
easy bagel recipe - 30 minutes later
Oil, honey, water, salt and eggs added:
easy bagel recipe - Oil, honey, water, salt and eggs added
Adding flour:
easy bagel recipe - Adding flour
Kneading dough:
easy bagel recipe - Kneading dough
Clean, greased bowl for dough to rise:
easy bagel recipe - Clean, greased bowl for dough
Dough has risen:
easy bagel recipe - Dough has risen!
Dividing dough in half and cutting into strips:
easy bagel recipe - Dividing dough in half and cutting into strips
Twisting dough into knotted bagels:
easy bagel recipe - Twisting dough into knotted bagels
Bagels ready to boil (it was hot so they didn’t hold their shape very well; the 2 bagels in the bottom right corner are the best examples):
easy bagel recipe - Bagels ready to boil
Boiling bagels in honey water:
easy bagel recipe - Boiling bagels in honey water
Brushing bagels with beaten egg:
easy bagel recipe - Brushing bagels with beaten egg
Sprinkling poppy seeds:
easy bagel recipe - Sprinkling poppy seeds
Ready to bake:
easy bagel recipe - Ready to bake
Ta-dah! Bagels have browned and are ready to eat:
easy bagel recipe - Bagels have browned and are ready to eat
instagram - the10principlesCheck out my Instagram @the10principles for more pics and videos of this easy bagel recipe, including how to knot the bagels.

EVERYBODY can make this easy bagel recipe!

make today count - the10principlesI’m no cook. So if I can follow this easy bagel recipe, you can too! Put on your apron and turn your kitchen into a bagel bakery. Try something new. Make Today Count!

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