I had no idea what Bagels were until a few years ago, when I first went to London.

I arrived at Victoria Station at around 6 am, sleepy and tired. A mouthwatering smell invested me like I was in a gourmet shopping center. There all begun. There, I found out about bagels.

In front of me a bagels deli: thousands of bagels, millions of flavors.

I went closer, and closer, so closer my nose was rudely touching the display window, and my mouth was already generously drawling. All I could think, all I could dream about was… BAGELS.
All the years I’ve been living in London, I could not spend 48h without a bagel: plain, sweet, filled.
It took me about 8 years to realize I could replicate the bagels magic at home, and they’re part of my weekly routine now.

These easy and quick bagels are a great bread substitute, they’re funny to make and come on, it’s super satisfying to make your own’s rather than buying them!

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Homemade Mini Bagels

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Breakfast, light lunch, party, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14 mini bagels
Author: The Petite Cook


  • All purpose flour 8.8oz/ 2cups
  • Lukewarm water 5.6 fl oz
  • Extravirgin olive oil 1 tsp
  • dry yeast 1 tsp
  • salt 1 tsp
  • sesame seeds white, black, green or poppy seeds to taste
  • Fillings of your choice to serve


  • In a large bowl, mix flour and salt together. Make a hole in the middle and pour in the water and olive oil, and sprinkle the dry yeast on top. Cover with a clean cloth and rest for 10mins.
  • Start kneading your dough in the bowl, then tranfer into a flour dusted surface and knead until you have an elastic smooth dough. Transfer back into the bowl, cover with the cloth and rest for 60mins.
  • When the dough has doubled in volume (will take 60-90mins), shape into small equally sized balls. Meanwhile, bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Punch each ball with your index finger to form the holes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 400F.
  • When the water is boiling, reduce the heat and let simmer. Carefully fold in the bagels and allow to cook until they rise up to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Transfer the bagels on a baking tray and bake for about 10-15 mins o until golden. Allow to cool a bit, then cut in halves and fill with everything you like.


Makes 14 small bagels or 7 regular.
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