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Double Rainbow Bagels

Double Rainbow Bagels

Double rainbow bagesl are a colorful take on a breakfast favorite. MORE+LESS-

1 1/2

cups lukewarm water

2 1/4

teaspoon active dry yeast


cups plus 2 tbsp bread or unbleached, all-purpose flour

Green, red, yellow and blue food coloring


teaspoon baking soda (for boiling pot)


cup sugar (for boiling pot)

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    In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, yeast, salt and sugar. Add in flour and mix with a dough hook attachment until just combined. The dough will be wet and tacky -- this is normal.

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    Divide dough into fourths, placing each piece in a separate bowl. Dye each dough a different color and mix with a spatula or in a clean stand mixer bowl, one at a time, until the dough is fully dyed. Add in more flour 1 tbsp at a time until dough is smooth and elastic.

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    With doughs in their separate bowls, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.

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    Preheat oven to 400°F. Set aside two baking sheets lined with parchment paper and sprinkled lightly with flour. Place an empty broiler pan in the oven anywhere it won't eventually interfere with the baking sheets.

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    Once doughs are risen, divide each fourth in half, shape into a ball and place on a lightly floured counter. Cover balls with lightly greased plastic wrap and let rise 20 minutes.

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    Meanwhile, prepare the boiling pot: Fill a large stock pot with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add in sugar and baking soda.

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    Poke holes in the middle of each ball with your finger and spread out dough until the hole in the middle is about 2 times larger than the diameter of the bagel wall. Drop bagels in the boiling pot two at a time, careful that they don't touch each other.

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    Let simmer for 2 minutes then, using a slotted spoon, flip over and simmer for another minute. Remove bagels with the spoon and place on baking sheet.

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    Place bagels in oven and pour 1 cup hot tap water in the broiler pan and quickly close oven door. Bake bagels about 20-30 minutes until a deep golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before slicing.

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    Drop a few drops of food coloring in light cream cheese and fold into the cream cheese, being careful to just swirl the colors, not mix them. Spread on your colorful bagels and you've got a double rainbow!

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More About This Recipe

  • We all know how boring breakfast can be – day in, day out, it’s the same old thing.But what if you took your favorite breakfast foods and made them, well, a little more colorful?This recipe sheds a whole new light on one of my all-time favorite breakfasts – bagels and cream cheese. Even bagels can get a little blah, though. These Double Rainbow Bagels are sure to brighten the breakfast table!Though some of this recipe is best left to the grownups (read: boiling pot!), mixing fun rainbow colors into the dough is a great activity if you have any little hands in your household. They can help you dye the dough pieces all one color, or mix it up and watch the reds and blues turn purple, the yellows and reds turn orange, or the blues and greens turn turquoise!
  • Just be sure to wear gloves when working with the food dye, or you’ll have leftover rainbow all over your hands.And for those without little hands around to help, well, who says you have to be a kid to enjoy this recipe? It’s fun for everyone to see a rainbow served up for breakfast.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Once you’ve made your own, homemade batch of bagels, it’s hard to go back to the store-bought variety.Homemade bagels are soft, with that telltale chewy crust they develop after simmering in the hot water. When served fresh from the oven – with a smearing of rainbow-colored cream cheese, for the double rainbow effect! – they’re absolutely delicious.

New York-Style Bagel Recipe

This easy homemade New York-Style Bagel recipe is simply the best! Basic pantry ingredients transform into deliciously chewy freshly made New York bagels.

This is simply the best homemade New York-Style Bagel Recipe. After so much love (this recipe has received over 11 years worth on here!), I had to share the recipe in Hand Made Baking, and I updated this page with various photos, tons of tips, tricks, and information you’ll need to achieve the most perfect chewy homemade bagels.

This easy bagel recipe is delicious and results in perfection. It does not need as much dedication as other bagel recipes you will find on the web– you do not need to dedicate 2 days to this. It’s a same-day homemade bagel recipe that comes together in 2 hours.

As a native New Yorker, I know there’s nothing better than a fresh bagel schmeared with cream cheese. I have a high standard when it comes to bagels and I don’t put unusual ingredients in mine.

In these bagels, you will not find any yogurt, maple-syrup, or ingredients you might not have in your pantry.

I no longer live in New York City, and I constantly crave the good old-fashioned bagels I grew up on– flavorful, modestly sweet, and chewy with soft, shiny crusts. These bagels are made the classic way: you boil them in water for a couple of minutes before you bake them. This is probably one of the most bizarre things a person can do to dough, but it just works.

This bagel recipe is a very altered adaptation of one from a cookbook, Ultimate Bread, that I borrowed over a decade ago from my aunt. It was my first introduction to homemade bagels. Over the years, this has become the best bagel recipe that I’ve ever made.

It doesn’t require unusual ingredients or require special equipment to make the recipe. These homemade chewy bagels are a treat fresh out of the oven, but when they’re toasted– oh, my! Can we just say that you’ll be making this bagel recipe time and time again?

After making this New York-Style bagel recipe on your own, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. I know I always do! This will definitely give some competition to your local bagel shop- the recipe is that good (I mean, look at the comments!).

This homemade bagel recipe is so good that you’ll be impressed with yourself and totally satisfied after you take a nice bite out of one of these freshly made chewy bagels. So, if you mail order bagels from your favorite spot in New York City and pay $7.50 a bagel, save your money!

And if good bagels cannot be found where you live, worry no more this recipe is infinitely adaptable, and the little bit of effort you put into making these bagels is well worth it. It’s time to get baking!

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These rainbow foods will put a smile on anyone's face, whether you're making a snack for Pride, a St. Patrick's Day dessert, or a fun weeknight treat. Heck, the rainbow cheesecake bars or cupcakes would even make great 4th of July desserts! You could build out an entire rainbow meal with these recipes, starting with the snack board, then moving on to the pizza, and finally finishing it all off with a slice of cake. You'll also want to add the rainbow sangria to your list of easy cocktail recipes&mdashjust layer in colorful fruit and you have one delightful sip!

Whether you're looking for fun recipes to make for a party, or you just want to try your hand at a new dish, these rainbow recipes are guaranteed to brighten your day.

Step 2: Making the Dough

The first step in bagel making is making the dough. To make the dough, start by stirring the tablespoon of sugar into the 2 cups of warm water in a stand mixer. If you don't have a stand mixer, use a large bowl with a handheld mixer. Add the packet of yeast to the sugar water and allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes until the yeast is foamy. Next, add the 6 cups of flour, the tablespoon of oil and the salt to the water. Using the dough hook mix everything on low for about 5 minutes, then remove the dough from the bowl and knead by hand for another 5 minutes. You should end with a smooth but not sticky ball of dough if it is sticky add flour, however, if the dough is dry and crumbly add a little water and knead until incorporated.

How to make Rainbow Bagels 1

The First in my New Rainbow Series. I’m kicking off with something that Inspired me Greatly – Rainbow Bagels.

I’m a big fan of cooking Bagels and Food that excites the eye, so when I came across Rainbow Bagels there was no stopping me finding out the secret.

There are a few tricks to getting them just right, Texture and Ingredients are Key, so follow Closely.

I think they are such fun and as I don’t live in New York, where you can buy them, I decided it would be fun to make them at home.

I love a big bagel but you can make them smaller, of course, and then you will have lots more too!!

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How to make Rainbow Bagels
Prep Time: 30-40 Minutes
Prove Time: At least an hour
Boil Time: 30 seconds each side
Oven Temperature: 190C / 375F

Cook time: about 20 minutes