Onion & Chive Bagels



For the dough:

  • 200ml warm water, divided
  • 11g dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 550g plain flour
  • 75g Philadelphia Whipped Chive Cream Cheese
  • 3/4 onion, chopped and sauteed

For boiling:

  • 1l water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For topping:

  • 1/4 onion, chopped and sauteed or two tablespoons dried onion
  • grated cheese, optional


  1. Chop and saute an onion in a frying pan
  2. Place the yeast and sugar in a bowl and pour over half of the warm water and leave it for 7 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy.bagelyeast
  3. Pour rest of the water into the bowl, add salt and egg and mix well.
  4. Stir in about half of the flour then add the chive cream cheese and 3/4 of the sauteed onion.onionandchivebageldough
  5. Gradually add the remaining flour mixing with your hands until you have soft but sticky dough. Continue kneading until the dough feels smooth and elastic.
  6. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl and leave to rise in warm for about 50 minutes.bageldough
  7. Preheat oven to 250°C and prepare a baking sheet with baking paper.
  8. Knead the dough again on a non floured surface, divide it to 15 pieces and shape each piece into a ball.bagelballs
  9. Make a hole in the middle of each ball using a wooden spoon or with your index finger spinning around to make a hole about 3 cm wide.
  10. Cover the bagels with cling film while you shape the remaining. bagelrings
  11. Meanwhile bring water to boil and add the sugar.
  12. Slip the bagels in the boiling water 3 at time. Cook for about 2 minutes turning the bagels around in the water until a skin has formed.boilingbagels
  13. Remove bagels from water one at time and drain any excess water.
  14. Place the bagels on a baking sheet, sprinkle the remaining sauteed onion on top or sprinkle with grated cheese. sauteedonionontopofbagel
  15. Bake for 20-25 minutes until browned.  Leave to cool on a wire rack then serve with your choice of filling.
Delicious post-vacation brunch

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