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Homemade Vollkorn Bagel | Bake to the roots

NY Style Whole Grain Bagels

  • Author: Bake to the roots
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 8 1x


Easy to make and delicious whole grain Bagels – perfect for your next brunch or breakfast.


  • 1 tbsp. (7g) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups (320ml) lukewarm water
  • 2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (130g) rye flour
  • 3/4 cup (100g) wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup (30g) sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup (40g) linseed
  • 1/4 cup (20g) rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp. black sesame
  • 1 tbsp. white sesame
  • 9 cups (2 L) water
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp. mixed seeds


  1. Mix the dry yeast and sugar with the water and let sit for about 5-8 minutes.
  2. Mix the flours with the salt in a large bowl. Mix the sunflower seeds, linseed, rolled oats, and sesame in a separate bowl, take 3 tablespoons of that and set aside for the topping, mix the rest with the flour. Add the yeast water to the bowl, mix and then knead for about 6-8 minutes (with your hands or a kitchen machine) until you get a nice smooth dough. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for at least 1 hour in a warm place.
  3. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and set aside. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and form into balls. Use the back of a wooden spoon and press it in the middle of each ball to create an opening. Widen that hole with your thumbs to a size of about 0.8 inches (2cm) to get nicely shaped rings. Place on the baking sheet, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for another 30-35 minutes – the bagels should get some more volume.
  4. Preheat the oven to 290°F (200°C). Add about 9 cups of water and the maple syrup to a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the bagels to the water (1-2 at a time) and let boil for 90 seconds, turn around and let boil for another 90 seconds. Take out of the water and let drain, then place on the baking sheet and sprinkle with the leftover mixed seeds. Bake for 20-25 minutes – the bagels should get a bit of color. Take out of the oven and let cool down on the baking sheet for some time, then remove and let cool down completely on a wire rack.


  • Enjoy baking!