Homemade New York Style Sourdough Discard Bagel Recipe

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Hey there, fellow sourdough enthusiasts! If you're like me, you're knee-deep in your sourdough bread making journey and accumulating a treasure trove of sourdough discard. Don't fret; I've got the perfect solution for you! In this post, I'll share my carefully perfected New York Style Sourdough Discard Bagel Recipe. These bagels are a fantastic way to put your discard to good use, and they're so versatile that you can customize them with your favorite toppings. Plus, they're chewy on the outside and soft on the inside—just the way bagels should be! So, let's dive into this delicious adventure.

What is Sourdough Discard? Before we jump into the recipe, let's quickly talk about sourdough discard. Many bakers refer to it as "liquid gold." It's essentially the inactive sourdough starter that you'd typically discard when feeding your sourdough culture. If you're not sure how to feed your sourdough starter, check out my post HERE. for detailed instructions.

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Redmond Real Salt
Red Star Active Dry Yeast
King Arthur Bread Flour
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Our Place Oven Pan
Our Place Ovenware Set
wood mixing bowl
Our Place Perfect Pot
food scale
Redmond Real Salt
Red Star Active Dry Yeast
King Arthur Bread Flour

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The Best Sourdough Discard Bagel Recipe

Ingredients:

For this Sourdough Discard Bagel Recipe, you'll need the following:

  • Bread Flour: 6 cups (800 grams) - Bread flour or a flour with higher wheat protein will yield chewier bagels. My go-to choice is King Arthur bread flour.
  • Filtered Water: 2 cups (454 grams)
  • Sourdough Discard: ½ cup (120 grams) - This is the secret ingredient that takes your homemade bagels to the next level, providing added nutritional value.
  • Sugar: 2 tablespoons - Helps feed the yeast.
  • Yeast: 3 ½ teaspoons - Since our starter isn't active, we'll use yeast in the recipe to ensure a good rise.
  • Salt: 2 ½ teaspoons - Enhances the flavor.
  • Optional Toppings: You can get creative with toppings like egg wash, everything seasoning, dried onion flakes, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, coarse salt, cheddar cheese, or jalapenos.
sourdough discard bagel recipe dough in wooden bowl resting
shaped sourdough discard bagels resting on a floured work surface
sourdough discard bagels boiling in Our Place Perfect Pot
sourdough discard bagels with cheddar cheese and jalapeños on a baking sheet ready to bake.

Instructions:

Now, let's get baking! Here's how to make these delicious Sourdough Discard Bagels:

  1. Start by combining water, flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Mix well and knead for at least 10 minutes (reserve ½ cup of flour to add at the end to help with stickiness).
  2. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover it, and let it rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes to an hour. It should double in size.
  3. Punch down the dough and place it on a floured work surface. Cut the dough into 12 pieces.
  4. Generously flour a clean surface for the shaped bagels to rest on. Shape each bagel by rolling a tight ball and using your fingers to poke a hole in the middle of the dough, then gently stretch it out.
  5. While your bagels are resting, bring a large pot of water to a boil, adding 2 tablespoons of sugar to the water (this gives your bagels a smooth finish).
  6. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  7. Get your favorite toppings ready.
  8. By the time the water begins to boil, your bagels should have a smoother top and puffier appearance. Gently lift a bagel and place it into the boiling water (I usually fit three bagels at a time). Make sure they have room to move in the water.
  9. Boil each bagel for 30 seconds on each side. Use a slotted spoon to remove them gently and place them on the lined baking sheet.
  10. While the bagels are still wet, top them with your preferred toppings.
  11. Once the first baking sheet is full, place it in the oven on the top rack. Repeat the process for the remaining bagels and place the second baking sheet in the oven.
  12. After 15 minutes, swap the pans and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Make sure the bagels have browned nicely before removing them from the oven. Let them cool before slicing.
sourdough discard bagels with cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and everything seasoning on a baking sheet hot fresh out of the oven.
sourdough discard bagels fresh out of oven cooling on a wire rack
cheddar cheese sourdough discard bagels cooling on wire rack

Notes:

  • Good parchment paper or Silpad Baking Mats are a must to prevent sticking.
  • I recommend using The Perfect Pot from Our Place to boil the bagels; it's multifunctional and great for this recipe.
  • Store your bagels in a bread bag on the counter for up to 3 days. After that, you can slice and freeze them for later.
  • To reheat frozen bagels, simply thaw them on the counter and then toast to perfection.

Best Sourdough Discard Bagel Recipe

Delicious, nutrient dense sourdough discard bagels that are chewy and easily customized to your taste.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bagels

Ingredients
  

  • 120 grams sourdough discard
  • 454 grams filtered warm water
  • 800 grams bread flour
  • 3 ½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp kosher salt

Optional Toppings: egg wash, everything seasoning, flaking salt, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, etc.

Instructions
 

  • whisk water and sourdough discard to create a milky liquid
  • add flour (all except 1/2 cup), yeast, sugar, and salt
  • mix well
  • kneed for at least 10 minutes into a dough
  • add in remaining flour to help with stickiness as you kneed.
  • transfer dough to a large bowl.
  • cover with plastic wrap or lid, place in a warm spot to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • dough should be doubled in size when ready
  • punch down the dough and transfer to a floured work surface
  • divide dough into 12 equal parts
  • shape the dough by rolling into a ball, creating a hole in the center and stretching into a bagel shape
  • place dough on floured surface to rest
  • boil a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • preheat oven to 400℉ and line two baking sheets with silicone pad
  • by the time your water is at a rolling boil, your dough should be puffier and smoother on top
  • gently place a bagel at a time in the boiling water (I fit 3 at a time)
  • boil 30 seconds on each side
  • using a slotted spoon, remove the boiled bagel and place onto lined baking sheet
  • add toppings of choice while bagels are still wet
  • once one baking sheet is full, place it in the oven
  • repeat for all remaining bagels
  • once both baking sheets are in the oven, bake for 10 to 15 minutes
  • rotate the baking sheets and bake another 10 to 15 minutes
  • bagels should be golden brown when done
  • let cool before slicing in them

Notes

  • Good parchment paper or Silpad Baking Mats are a must to prevent sticking.
  • I recommend using The Perfect Pot from Our Place to boil the bagels; it's multifunctional and great for this recipe.
  • Store your bagels in a bread bag on the counter for up to 3 days. After that, you can slice and freeze them for later.
  • To reheat frozen bagels, simply thaw them on the counter and then toast to perfection.
Keyword bread, sourdough, sourdough discard

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Happy baking and enjoy your homemade bagels!

6 Comments

  1. May 14, 2024 / 4:28 pm

    5 stars
    Best sourdough bagel recipe I have come across!!! Thank you!!!

    • Serein Wu
      Author
      May 21, 2024 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you! So happy you enjoyed the recipe

  2. S Hodgen
    May 10, 2024 / 3:23 pm

    5 stars
    I have now made 3 batches…it’s so good and fairly easy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Serein Wu
      Author
      May 21, 2024 / 1:50 pm

      So happy you enjoyed them!

  3. April 17, 2024 / 8:28 am

    5 stars
    Can you fridge the bagels once they are shaped but before boiling/baking? I love this recipe, they’re delish. But I want to make one day, fridge them, then boil and bake next day. Thanks!

    • Serein Wu
      Author
      April 22, 2024 / 10:47 pm

      Yes, you can let it rest in the refrigerator over night and boil/bake the next morning. I would loosely cover with plastic.

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