If you're celiac or have gluten sensitivity, chances are you're avoiding many baked products, like the delicious bagels. And you probably miss them a lot! Cheer up, today we'll show you how to make New York-style gluten-free bagels that taste and look like the classic ones.
Coated with a generous sprinkle of poppy and sesame seeds, these delicious bagels have a crispy crust and a soft, chewy crumb. We made them with gluten-free flour, maple syrup, almond milk, and vegetable oil, meaning they're vegan and sugar-free too.
Also known as bajgiel or beigel, bagels take their name from the Yiddish word beygl, which means "ring". These doughnut-shaped bread rolls originated in Poland's Jewish communities and are now incredibly popular worldwide, especially in the United States. The basic recipe consists of yeasted bread dough shaped by hand into a ring. The bagel is first poached in boiling water and then baked at high temperature to give it its distinctive glossy and crispy crust.
For this gluten-free version, we swapped bread flour with a store-bought gluten-free flour blend. You can easily find it at your local supermarket in the gluten-free section. It's a mix of starches, rice flour, maize flour, and xanthan gum. The basic bagel recipe uses only water as a liquid, but we also included warm almond milk and vegetable oil to add flavour and help the crumb develop.
While you can find countless bagels variations, the New York-style bagel is definitely one of our favourites. It's made by boiling the bagels in water and barley malt syrup. As barley malt syrup is quite difficult to find, we opted for maple syrup, but you can also use honey if you're not vegan. Finally, the NYC bagels are traditionally topped with a blend of sesame seeds and poppy seeds or "everything bagel" seasoning.
Once ready, slice the bagels in half, toast them, and stuff them with sweet or savoury fillings. You can opt for vegan cream cheese and cracked pepper like they do in New York or top them with smoked salmon and avocado. There are limitless possibilities, so have fun finding your perfect topping combo!