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Blueberry Bagels

by Emma on December 16, 2011

in Bread

Ah blueberry bagels. My old friend.

I went through a period (a somewhat ongoing period) where blueberry bagels were my food obsession.

Oh, if you’re new to reading this blog you might not know about my food obsessions. I am the sort of gal who gets really into one food for a while, eats it everyday and (inevitably) gets sort of sick of it. For a while anyway. I don’t know what it is, it’s like I’m that picker-eater kid who just never grew up. Because I only want to eat one thing for a while.

Blueberry bagels was a food obsession of mine for a while. And I still love them. We stayed friends. ;)

That’s actually the bottom of one of the bagels. Pretty, huh? Yep, blueberries are pretty.

This was my first attempt at making homemade bagels, and it was a great success. I have been sticking to my learn-to-make-bread-better goal this past month, but I wanted to try something other than a loaf this week. So I tried my hand at bagels.

Warning: you boil the dough before baking. It’s weird. I had no idea that’s how bagels were made. I probably should have known that, I suppose. But I didn’t. And putting raw dough in boiling water is… well… sort of counter intuitive if you ask me. But for some reason it works (probably has something to do with steam, once you put them in the oven). So don’t be afraid, be brave.

Blueberry bagels, makes 8. Adapted from here.

Needed: 2 teaspoons active dry yeast, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/4 cups warm water, 3 1/2 cups bread flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 cup fresh blueberries (you could use frozen too, just let them thaw first).

In a small bowl combine the yeast, sugar and 1/2 cup warm water. Just let it sit and fizz for a few minutes. In the meantime, in a large bowl or in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook combine the flour and salt. Add in the yeasty water and the remaining water. Knead by hand or with your mixer for 6-8 minutes. You want the dough to feel very elastic-like.

Now turn it out onto a generously floured surface and knead in the berries. The berry juice will add moisture to your dough so you will probably want to just keep sprinkling it with more flour as you need. Then place it in a well oiled bowl and cover. Let it rise for 1 hour.

Turn out onto a floured surface and cut into 8 pieces. Knead and shape each piece into a bagel/doughnut/inner tube. You dig? Place these on a pan, cover and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Get your pot of water ready, you only need about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and lay a bagel in the boiling water, it should float. Let it boil for a minute, then using a slotted spatula or spoon, flip it and let it boil on the other side for a minute. Repeat with all the bagels. Bake at 425 F for 20 minutes. Enjoy with cream cheese or butter. Do it.

xo. Emma


Andrea Lynne Rose December 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm
robyn December 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

they look amazing!!!

Julie December 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Those look fantastic! I had no idea you had to boil bagels!

Mel December 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Emma, can I just say that your baking adventures are so inspiring? I love baking, and I’ve recently wanted to start branching out, and your post about 52 Loaves was just the push I needed. I checked the book out of the library, and I plan to devour it–along with freshly made bread–over the next year. (There will be quite a few renewals from the library, I guess.) I’ve always been intimidated by the thought of using yeast, let alone making bagels, but these look too delicious.


Emma December 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Welcome to the brotherhood. Sisterhood. Well…. welcome. :)

teddi December 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

yes, i knew you had to boil bagels, & pretzels too, right?. i’ve always thought it was weird. that’s a friendship you can hold onto, for you know it’s nontoxic, (hopefully). plus blueberries are filled with wonderful antioxidants, & who couldn’t use those?

debbie December 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

blueberries and bagels are two of my favorite foods. Together they are just fab.

Megan West December 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Blueberry bagels are my favorite. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I will take a stab at this recipe soon. The hubby will be stoookkkeeedddd.

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions December 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Wow Emma! Those are beautiful! I wish I had one right now to go with my tea and blogging!


hannah alehandra December 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm

These look heavenly, i love blueberries!!!

Aracely Campbell December 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

That look so good! Will have to try it !

lix December 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I love making bagels, but so far I’ve stuck to the plain sort. The recipe I use says to boil in sugar water, and it makes them really shiny and beautiful.
The next batch will have to be cinnamon raisin (with honey and cream cheese: YUM) but I totally want to try blueberry bagels soon!
Question: how do you shape them? I like to make a ball, flatten it, stick my finger through the middle and just swing it around for a bit XD

Emma December 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Sugar water? Cool. I will have to try that next time.

I didn’t swing them… wish I had. :)

Monica @ Soirees & Such December 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Yum! I’ve never had blueberry bagels before, I think I’ll try it this weekend. Thanks

Chelsey December 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Lovely photographs! Blueberries are so photogenic. I’ve been making my own bagels for a while now, and have been meaning to try new flavor combinations, so these are now on my list! Boiling the dough is what gives bagels and pretzels that dense, chewy texture. The longer you boil, the chewier the end product will be, so I’m told! Good luck with your continuing bread adventures! It’s so satisfying cutting into a loaf you made yourself.

Emma December 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Wow those look sooo yummy. I love bagels but I’ve never had blueberry one’s before. Love it!

xo Emma

Kelly December 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm

These look lovely, the next thing I will be making

Chloe December 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

This looks amazing!!

grace December 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm

o yum yum yum yum!


Katie December 17, 2011 at 12:25 am

uhh, emma….why must you tempt me? :)

Violets and Cardamom December 17, 2011 at 12:59 am

I love bagels, especially blueberry! These look so amazing!!

Nicole December 17, 2011 at 1:30 am

how do you stay so fit with all these goodies that you bake?!

Emma December 18, 2011 at 12:47 am

Nicole, you’re making me blush. :) Check my About page. Thanks! xo. Emma

Jaclyn T December 17, 2011 at 5:02 am

Mmmm….that’s all. Just…mmmmmmm.

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Holly F. December 17, 2011 at 5:38 am

My son always wants blueberries at the store for snacking, but whenever we buy them, he remembers that he doesn’t like them.

This recipe is going to come in handy when that happens again!

Aurora December 17, 2011 at 7:28 am

Sounds like gooood morning :)

irene December 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Hannah Clare December 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I need to make these. I have made a million batches of poppy-seed bagels, but I never even thought about blueberry bagels. Yum.

Georgia December 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm
Claire December 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Hi Emma,

You have such a pretty blog – I’ve been enjoying reading it recently and am hoping to try the curried pumpkin soup this week :) Claire.x

The life after December 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I don’t like blueberries but these bagels are delicious!

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Kaitlyn December 18, 2011 at 3:49 am

love this!!! definitely going to make this for my family next week :)

THE-LOUDMOUTH December 18, 2011 at 5:46 am

Um, yeah… I could live on bagels.

mongraindesucre December 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

Sweet bagels, what a nice idea !! I would never thought… You Americans, are so inspiring !!!

Jenn Fox December 22, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Can’t wait to make these! Yum!

Ranzel December 24, 2011 at 11:20 am

YUMMMMMMMM!!!! nomnomnom

jules January 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

hi emma,
i whipped up my own batch of bagels. thanks for the recipe. i wrote about it here->

happy baking! :)