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Easy Sourdough Bagels

Learn to make these versatile sourdough bagels
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 15 hours
Total Time 16 hours
Servings 8 bagels


  • Sourdough Starter
  • Stand mixer
  • Bench scraper


  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar Use whatever sweetener you prefer like honey or syrup.
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda for boiling bagels
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar for boiling bagels


  • Add starter, water, sugar, and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until combined.
  • Add flour one cup at a time allowing it to incorporate before adding another cup.
  • Cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel. Allow to sit overnight at least 8-12 hours.
  • Cut dough in 8 equal balls.
  • Put a hole in the center of each ball slightly stretching the hole until it looks like a bagel.
  • Allow the bagels to rest on a parchment paper lined baking sheet until puffy. This may take a few hours depending on the temperature of your kitchen.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Put a large pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil. Add the baking soda and brown sugar to the boiling water.
  • Boil bagels for 60 seconds on each side then place back onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet. If using any toppings, put them on the bagels directly after boiling.
  • Bake bagels at 425°F for 20-25 minutes.