There is a difference between regular bagels and egg bagels. Most bagel dough does not contain eggs, in this recipe we are going to show you how you can make your own egg bagel dough, which does contain eggs.
Adding eggs to bagel dough, makes it taste different, and oh-so good.
What is an Egg Bagel?
An egg bagel actually gets its name because the bagel dough contains eggs. This is unlike a “normal” bagel dough because the normal dough does not have eggs in it.
What does an egg bagel taste like?
Egg bagels will have a different taste and texture from traditional bagels. Egg bagels are slightly sweeter in flavor, and have a softer texture, whereas traditional bagels have more chewiness because of the solid exterior, and tough interior of the bagels.
When eggs are added to the bagel dough, it makes them softer, and easier to bite. Plus, egg bagels often have a yellow color to them from the addition of egg yolks, and sometimes added yellow coloring.
What’s The Difference Between An Egg Bagel And A Regular Bagel?
The biggest difference between an egg bagel and a regular bagel is that on average regular bagels do not have eggs in the dough, but egg bagels do contain eggs in the dough.
When eggs are added to the dough it changes the outcome. Regular bagels have that toughness that they are known for, but egg bagels are usually softer, and a little bit sweeter.
Now that you know the difference between regular bagels and egg bagels, let’s look at how you can make delicious homemade egg bagels!
Homemade Egg Bagels
What You Need to Make Egg Bagels
For The Dough:
Brown sugar. We strongly recommend that you use brown sugar for this bagel recipe. You can substitute brown sugar for other sweeteners, but the best flavor and texture are found when using brown sugar. You can use light or dark brown sugar for this recipe.
Yeast. For this recipe, you will want to use active dry yeast to make the bagles rise.
Water. You are also going to want to use lukewarm water, this is water typically ranging between 95 to 110°F in temperature.
Flour. To make an egg bagel do you want to have all-purpose flour on hand. Although you can use bread flour if you wish, for this recipe all-purpose flour will work as well.
Eggs. Eggs are one of the most important ingredients in these bagels. You will need both whole eggs and egg yolks.
Sea Salt. You can use any type of salt for this recipe, however, our favorite is to use sea salt. You can also use kosher salt, iodized salt, Himalayan salt, or your favorite type of salt.
Egg Wash: Adding an egg wash to these bagels is optional, but if you choose to do it, you will need an egg and some water whisked together.
Optional Toppings: You can also add optional toppings to the bagels if you wish. Some great topping options include sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or everything bagel seasoning.
How to Make Egg Bagel
To make egg bagels, start off by adding the brown sugar, warm water, and yeast into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk together until combined, then rest for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the mixture is foamy.
Once the mixture is foamy, add in the flour, eggs, and sea salt. Use the dough hook on your stand mixer to combine and knead the dough.
Once the dough comes together, knead the dough for 2 or 3 minutes, until it becomes smooth and has an elastic texture.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and place it in a warm dry location to let the dough rise. This typically takes about 1 hour, or until it is double in size.
*Tip: Using your oven, which is off is a great option for a warm dry location to let your dough rise.
How to Shape Bagels
After the dough has risen to double in size, it is time to shape the bagels. Begin by pressing the dough to deflate it. Then shape it into a ball.
Divide the dough ball into eight equal-sized pieces. Once divided, shape each section of dough into a ball, then pinch the bagel to open the center. Place the shaped bagels on a clean surface, cover them with a damp towel, and allow them to rise for 30 minutes.
While the bagels are rising, take a large pot and fill it about halfway with water. Bring the water to a boil, then add 1 tsp of baking soda. When the baking soda has dissolved, remove the water from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
When the bagels have risen, drop each bagel into the baking soda water, then place them onto a greased baking sheet.
If desired, brush them with an egg wash, and then sprinkle them with any desired toppings.
Place them into the preheated oven, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool before serving, then serve and enjoy!
How to Serve Egg Bagels
There are several different ways you can serve egg bagels. You can enjoy these bagels with cream cheese, butter, or your favorite spread.
Or you can make them into a bagel sandwich. No matter how you prefer to enjoy your bagels, these make fabulous bagels for you to enjoy.
Tips & Tricks
Let Rise. The most important thing to note about making egg bagels, or bread of any type, is to make sure you allow the dough to rise in a warm, dry location until it is double in size.
Then make sure to allow plenty of time for the bagels to rise before they are baked. This will make a lot of difference in how the bagels turn out.
How To Store Egg Bagels
The best way to store egg bagels after they have had a chance to cool to room temperature is to transfer them to an airtight container or seal them in a plastic storage bag.
This will help to prevent them from getting stale. They can then be stored at room temperature or in the fridge for approximately two weeks.
Can You Freeze Egg Bagels?
Yes, you can freeze egg bagels after they have been cooked if you wish. To freeze them, first, let them cool to room temperature. Then seal them securely in a plastic freezer bag. Be sure to label and eat them, then place them in the freezer for up to three months.
How to Serve Egg Bagel
There are many ways you can enjoy serving egg bagels. You can adapt the egg bagels into a bagel sandwich, and serve the bagel with eggs and cheese.
Another fun way to serve egg bagels is to increase the size of the center hole of each bagel, then bake it with an egg in the center, serving the egg in a hole bagel.
Bagel with Eggs Variations
There are many variations in how you can make egg bagels. Not only can you add different toppings to the egg bagels, but you can also add other mix-ins to that egg bagel dough, such as cinnamon, raisins, or blueberries.
Another way to mix things up, if you just can’t get enough eggs, is to make the egg bagels into a bagel sandwich with eggs.
Do bagels usually have eggs?
No, regular bagels do not usually contain eggs. This is what makes egg bagels unique, which is that they do contain eggs in the bagel dough.
Are bagel eggs healthier than plain bagels?
Not necessarily, but egg bagels do have more protein because they contain eggs.
Can I double this egg bagel recipe?
Yes, you can double the egg bagel recipe, however, you want to be careful that you did not make your mixer work too hard.
Egg bagels are a delicious way to mix up your traditional bagels. Egg bagels are unique because they contain eggs in the dough, which also makes the bagels taste sweeter, and not as tough.
We hope that you give this egg bagel recipe a try and let us know what you think about it!