In preparation for my move, I knew I needed to find a good bagel recipe to satisfy my Jersey bagel addiction and these 4th of July bagels do just that! One of the YouTubers I follow, Tanya Burr, recently made her own version of the rainbow bagel (you can watch her video here). Her video inspired me to make my own bagels, but with a twist. These bagels are perfect for a 4th of July treat. The red, white, and blue coloring is so fun to look at and to eat! They are also the perfect treat to have ready for breakfast to bring to your local 4th of July celebration or parade.
It surprised me how easy it was to make these bagels. Adding the food coloring did require more work and time in the proof, but if you wanted to make just plain (and boring) New York Style bagels, then this recipe is perfect.
I adapted this recipe from Sophisticated Gourmet. However, in my opinion, his recipe needed more salt to be a true New York bagel, so I put in a teaspoon of salt per each cup of flour. In addition, I added baking soda to my boiling water. I also let my dough prove longer, but only because I had the time.
You will need:
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 ½ tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups warm water (I needed more, but judge as you go)
3 ½ cups bread flour
3- 3 ½ teaspoons of salt (to taste)
2 teaspoons baking soda
- Pour sugar and yeast into warm and let it sit for five minutes, DO NOT STIR. Once the five minutes is up, then stir until the mixture dissolves.
- While you’re waiting for the yeast mixture, sift the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the middle.
- Pour the yeast mixture in the well and mix. If you need more water, add it to form a moist and firm dough.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10-15 minutes. The dough should be firm.
- Brush oil on a large bowl and turn the dough to be lightly covered with oil. Place a damp towel on the bowl and store in a warm space. If you have an oven proof, wet a paper towel and wring it out. Place the damp towel over the bowl and place in the proof.
- Let the dough prove for 45 minutes – 1 hour (depending on your time). Since we are adding food coloring, you are going to let it prove after each time you handle it anyway. 45 minutes worked well for my bagels.
- Once the dough has proved for at least 45 minutes, take it out and divide into 3 sections.
- Add blue and red food coloring to two of the three sections. This process could take a while, depending on the type of food coloring you use. I kneaded the coloring into each section for about ten minutes to get the proper color. Once you are satisfied with the color, roll back into a ball and place in the proof for another thirty minutes.
- Then roll out each section and then place each section on top of each other. Place the white section in between the blue and red section.
- From the bottom, roll the dough into a roll (similar to a swiss roll). Once into a single roll, begin to twist the dough to further spread out the color.
- Then cut your twist into 6 sections.
- Stick your finger through the center to form the bagel hole and shape the dough into bagel form.
- Once you have formed your bagels, coat a sheet pan lightly with oil and let the bagels rest for another 15-30 minutes.
- While your bagels are resting, boil water in a large pot. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to the water.
- Preheat your oven to 425ºF/ 220ºC.
- Once your bagels have proved enough, place 1-2 bagels (depending on the size of your pot) in the boiling water for 1 minute on each side. If you want a more closely textured bagel let them boil for 2 minutes on each side.
- Once boiled, place bagels on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. They should be golden brown.
And voilà! 6 delicious patriotic bagels. I do have to say, these are better eaten within the first two days. However, if you toast them after that time they taste great. I hope you enjoy these 4th of July inspired bagels, and let me know if you recreated these!