Homemade chili cheddar bagels are perfect for lunch and delicious for dinner. A freshly baked bagel with a yummy filling is always great! I made these bagels with grated cheddar and chili in the dough. Bagels are easy to bake and they’re a slightly different version of rolls/breads, as you boil bagels first and then bake them in the oven. That’s how bagels get their nice roundness. Fill your bagels with whatever you like. Try, for example, bagels alá club sandwich with a filling of curry dressing, chicken and bacon or with salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers and tomato.
Before baking my bagels, I sprinkled them with dried chili flakes and grated cheddar, but you could try poppy seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic powder, finely chopped onions, dried herbs or different flavored salt. Bagels are good in lunch boxes, too! Enjoy!
Homemade bagels (makes 8)
350 ml water, tepid
50 g yeast
5-600 g all-purpose flour
6 g salt
20 g sugar
1 tbsp. chili oil or dried chili flakes
100 g grated cheddar
1 beaten egg for an egg wash
Grated cheddar and chili flakes for sprinkling
Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water in a large bowl. Mix the flour, salt and sugar together and then add it to the bowl. Add the chili and cheddar. Mix it well into a sticky dough. Sprinkle some flour on the kitchen counter and knead the dough well until its elastic and even. Return the dough to the bowl and cover it with a damp dish towel. Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour at room temperature.
Then divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll them into round rolls. Allow the bagels to rise for another 30 minutes under a dish towel. Using your finger, make a hole in the middle of each roll and run the roll around your finger to form a large hole.
Heat the oven to 175 C convection.
Heat a large, preferably wide, saucepan of water. The water should boil a little. Boil the bagels in the water for 1 minute on each side. Place the bagels on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and brush each bagel with the egg wash and sprinkle them with grated cheddar and dried chili flakes. Bake the bagels for about 25 minutes until golden. Let them cool on a wire rack.
To serve, slice the bagels in half and toast on both sides. Fill your bagels with whatever filling you like. Cut them down the middle and serve. Enjoy!