It's the time of year when we all want to wrap up in a blanket, sip a tasty hot drink, and munch on some comfort food. For me, bagels are comfort. So here's a recipe that hasn't let me down. Don't be intimidated about making your own bagels. Try it out, let us know how it went.

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp of water)


1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add water, yeast, and brown sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes until mixture is foamy.
Add pumpkin, 2 cups flour, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Turn mixer fitted with dough hook onto low setting and begin mixing all ingredients together. Slowly add remaining 1 1/2 more cups of flour while mixture is kneading. Continue kneading for 5 minutes more until dough is smooth. If dough seems too sticky, continue adding flour. You should be able to easily remove the dough ball from the bowl without the dough sticking to your hands.
Transfer dough ball to a greased bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let dough rise until doubled in size, about one hour.
Transfer dough to a floured work surface. Gently pat dough into a rectangle shape, then cut into 8 - 10 same-size pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
Use your finger to poke a hole through the center of the dough ball, then shape into an even round. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat shaping process with all remaining dough balls. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rest for 30 minutes more.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Use a flipper to gently drop bagels into water (only boil 3 - 4 at a time) and boil on each side for 45 seconds. Remove and immediately transfer to a baking sheet. Blot dry with a paper towel.
Transfer bagels back to the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush lightly with egg wash. Bake in oven for 20 - 30 minutes (depending on size) until golden brown. Remove and let cool slightly before serving

Oh, and here's the kiddos helping out.They even helped form the bagels. Some of my favorite memories are helping my mom.
 Happy baking!

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