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How To Make Your Very Own Montreal Bagels At Home

A recipe everyone should know.
How To Make Your Very Own Montreal Bagels At Home

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Bagels are probably the most iconic of all Montreal foods, surpassing even the poutine, because in truth, you can get a legit poutine elsewhere in the province, but only in Montreal can you get an authentic Montreal bagel, as the name suggests. Montrealers are proud of, and completely adore, the signature bagels of the city, yet only a handful of citizens actually know how to make them. Until now.

Food blogger Sami Berger, creator, a Montrealer herself, decided it was time to delve into the realm of bagel recipes, and so created a very legit step-by-step guide to making Montreal bagels right in your own kitchen. No need to head to the Mile End for your bagel fix anymore.

Although the process is a little lengthy, the recipe itself isn't too complex. Berger's photo breakdown of the bagel recipe definitely helps, giving you a much needed visual aid often unseen on other food blogs, a helpful feature you'll find on nearly all of My Second Breakfast's recipes.

To get making your own Montreal bagels, here's what you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 5 (65g) tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 8 grams active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs, divided (one is for the dough and one is for an egg wash)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 4-4 1/2 (630g) cups all purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup poppy seeds or sesame seeds
  • 16 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup honey

And here's what you'll have to do. Be sure to check the original recipe on My Second Breakfast for a more detailed breakdown.

Whisk warm water + sugar + canola oil + yeast + egg + syrup. Combine until yeast is fully dissolved.

Stir in salt & 1 cup flour. Then add enough flour (aprox. 3 cups) 'til a soft dough forms.

Knead dough for 12 minutes. Once firm *& smooth, let the dough rest for 10 minutes, covered with a bowl.

Divide dough into 12 equal parts. Roll each piece into an 8-10 inch rope, then curve ends to make a bagel shape

Let your shaped dough rise for 30 minutes

Boil bagels in honey-water for 45 seconds on each side. Drain excess water on a paper towel.

Bake at 425 F for 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire/cooling rack

Devour, best done with cream cheese, obvi.

For more amazing recipes you can make at home, like an Indian-style poutine, be sure to head over to My Second Breakfast and check out the many recipes.

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