Perfect Gluten Free Bagels
I realize that “Perfect Gluten Free Bagels” is a strong statement, especially coming from a girl who used to walk down the street in Brooklyn and order up fresh bagels to go without realizing the absolute gold I had in my mitts. Fast forward many years to my new and improved, gluten free self, who lives on the West Coast. Not a bagel joint within 100 miles. So, I worked on my own recipe. I simply love them, and can’t stop making them. When I finally felt proud of each and every bite, Dave announced, “Now, this is a damn good bagel!” Our bagels are golden, chewy, vegan friendly, and totally addicting.
Best Bagels Ever
How do I accomplish this magnificent feat? Do not let all of the steps fool you, they are very easy to make. First, I use our Flour Farm flour, (delicious blend!) Next, I add a bit of fruit pectin and xanthan gum to the blend to give the dough strength and shape. If you are inclined to use psyllium instead of gums, know that your bagels will have a spongy texture instead of chewy. I also refrigerate the dough overnight to allow the yeast time to develop. The best step: the hot water bath, which gives our bagels a distinct chew that undeniably shouts, “Bagel.”
Top or Eat Naked; Vegan Friendly
What is your favorite way to eat a bagel? Dave and Violet are purists – they prefer their bagels plain, forget the egg white wash. I love Everything Bagel topping and toasted sesame seeds. Our friends have a daughter that loves bagels coated in poppy seeds. No matter how these beauties are topped, (or naked!) they taste perfect. Serve warm with cream cheese, vegan friendly spreads, or just hoover as they are. It’s all good!
Please let us know how your gluten free Bagels turned out! Perfect, right?? Please leave a rating and comment in the section provided below. Thank you.
An important note: this recipe successfully uses Flour Farm Organic Gluten Free Flour Blend. Flour Farm may be purchased through our website or through our partners: Amazon.com & Azure Standard. If you choose to make this with another flour blend, please note that your results may differ.
Peace & LOVE – Teri
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Let’s Make Bagels!Print
Craving bagels? We have the perfect gluten free Bagel recipe for you. Flour Farm’s bagels are golden, chewy, vegan friendly, and totally addicting. Sprinkle on your favorite toppings and share the love!
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- 357g (12.5 oz) Flour Farm Organic Gluten Free Flour Blend (3 1/3 C spoon & level)
- 119g (4 oz) Potato Starch (2/3 C spoon & level)
- 1 T Cane Sugar (14g)
- 1/2 T Instant or Rapid Rise Yeast (6g)
- 3 tsp Xanthan Gum (10.75g)
- 2 tsp Pectin, we use Pamonas Universal Pectin (7g)
- 1/2 tsp Extra Fine Pink Himalayan Salt (9g)
- optional: 1/2 tsp Cinnamon or to taste if making cinnamon bagels
- 444 ml (15 fl. oz) Warm Water (1 3/4 C + 2 T)
Bagel Bath (optional, but recommended!)
- 2 L (64 fl. oz) Water (8 C or 2 Qts)
- 2 T Pure Maple Syrup (30 ml)
- 2 tsp Baking Soda (8g)
- 1 tsp Extra Fine Pink Himalayan Salt (6g)
- Egg Wash: 1 Large Pasture Raised Egg White + 1 T Water (for egg free, skip the egg wash)
- Poppy Seeds
- Everything Bagel (see recipe in notes)
- Sea Salt Flakes
- Sesame Seeds
- Dried Minced Garlic
Equipment: Digital Scale (preferred,) Medium Mixing Bowl, Dough Whisk or Stand Up Mixer with Paddle Attachment, Measuring Cups and Spoons, Baking Sheet, 2-3 Qt Sauce Pan, Spider Wand or Slotted Spoon, Unbleached Parchment, Tongs, Cooling Rack
Before You Dive In – Prep: Please read!
- Warm the water, do not exceed 110 F (43C)
Step 1: Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl or bowl that attaches to a stand mixer. We use a bowl and dough whisk, but a stand mixer works, too!
Step 2: While mixing, slowly add the warm water. If using the dough whisk, stir until fully combined, then use your hands to knead the dough in the bowl into a smooth ball. If using the stand mixer, beat on medium for about 30 seconds. Use your hands to knead dough in the bowl into a smooth ball. (If needed, transfer the ball of dough into a container that can be placed in the refrigerator.)
Step 3: Cover the dough loosely with a towel or lid and allow to rise for two hours. After two hours, tightly apply cling wrap and use a fork to poke one set of holes in the middle, (alternatively, use a lid with a hole poked in it if you have an extra that can be used for this purpose.) This allows the dough to breath a bit without drying out. Refrigerate for a minimum of four hours, or up to 10 days. If storing for more than 2-3 days, tightly fit the lid to prevent dehydration.
Step 4: Baking Day! Place a baking stone or rimless baking sheet into the center of the oven. If you are not applying egg wash, place an oven safe pan on the bottom rack or floor of your oven for steam. Set the oven temperature to 450 F (230 C). Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment.
Note: the key to success is to work with the dough using damp, not soaking wet, fingers and hands. This needs to be stressed. DO NOT use flour to shape bagels.
Step 5: Remove the dough from the refrigerator. With damp hands, scoop out about 96g (3.4 oz) of dough and form a smooth ball. Now, this is the amount of dough we use to make 10 evenly weighted bagels. You can make the bagels as large or small as you want. The key is make them as similar in size as possible for even baking.
Step 6: Use damp fingers to pinch a hole in the middle of the ball and gently press outwards to form a doughnut shape. (I hold the ball in one hand and use the thumb and pincer finger on the other to pinch the middle. I then use both hands to gently tug a hole in the middle. Use any method that works for you.) Smooth the edges and place the bagel on the parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat for the number of bagels you want to make, keeping at least three inches of space between bagels.
Step 7: Loosely cover bagels with cling or parchment and allow to “rise” for 20 minutes. Do not go over 30 minutes. Bagels will puff up, but not double in size.
Step 8: While bagels are rising, prepare the bagel bath by combining all bath ingredients in a 2-3 qt saucepan. Whisk to dissolve salt and baking soda. Heat to a gentle boil. This step is optional, but we love the results! If short on time, skip the bath and go to Step 10.
Step 9: Dunk. After 20-30 minutes rise, slowly add bagels into the gently boiling bagel wash. Do not crowd them, you may only be able to drop 1-2 at a time depending on the size of your pan. Bagels will drop to the bottom and then pop up when they are done. When they pop to the surface, remove with a spider ladle or slotted spoon and place back on the unbleached parchment. Repeat until all bagels have been dunked.
Step 10: If applying egg white wash, sweep egg wash over bagels then sprinkle on toppings. Instead of egg wash, you may also apply bagel bath water or plain water and top or leave naked.
Step 11: Slide the sheet of parchment with bagels onto the hot stone or hot baking sheet in the oven. If you did not apply egg wash, add 1 C of hot water to the preheated tray on the bottom of the oven to provide steam. Take care not to splash water on the heating elements of the oven, or burn your hand with steam. If you applied egg wash, skip the steam. Bake for 20-25 minutes, (the internal temp at around 25 minutes is about 205 F or 96 C, which is our preferred texture).
Step 12: Use tongs to remove bagels from the oven and allow to cool on a rack for at least 30 minutes before eating to allow the bread to set. Bagels are best eaten the same day! Freeze for up to a month.
Bagel Bonus! This recipe makes 10 bagels. Feel free to make as many or few fresh bagels as you want at a time. The dough refrigerates beautifully for up to a week if kept tightly covered after the first few days. In addition, cool bagel bath water and store in the refrigerator to reheat, if needed. Discard after making the entire batch.
Everything Bagel Seasoning: There are many recipes on the internet, and people seem to love Trader Joes. Our favorite is an adaptation of a recipe from two peas & their pod. Combine the following ingredients in a small mason jar: 2 T poppy seeds, 1 T white sesame seeds, 1 T black sesame seeds, 1 T dried minced garlic, 1 T dried minced onion, 2 T flaked sea salt, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper. Store with a tight seal.
The nutrition information provided below is for the recipe as written without toppings or spreads. Each bagel weighs approximately 96g (3.4 oz).
Prep time does not include refrigerator rise.
- Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: bagels
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bagel
- Calories: 200
- Sugar: 3g
- Sodium: 400mg
- Fat: 2.5g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2.5g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 39g
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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