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Overnight New York Style Bagels

These bagels are chewy, crusty and properly dense New York Style Bagels. The overnight rise creates the perfect texture and flavor – and you’ll have fresh, hot bagels for breakfast or brunch less than an hour after getting out of bed. 

I promise you if you follow this recipe correctly you can make a good bagel at home. I mean, there are loads of really bad bagels in the world and life is just too short to eat a bad bagel.

Like a really great loaf of Rye Bread there’s nothing like a true New York style bagel.

What is a true New York Style Bagel?

A good New York Style Bagel (really, is there any other kind?) must have a nicely dense and chewy texture with a toothsome crust.

To get that characteristic chewiness we’ve got to develop some really strong gluten in the dough.

How to make New York style Bagels:

how to shape bagels
Use a cupped hand to form the 12 pieces of dough into smooth balls
how to shape a bagel
Poke your finger all the way through the center of the ball to make the hole.
how to shape a bagel
You can twirl the dough around your finger to widen the center hole
rise bagels overnight in the refrigerator
For the best texture and flavor, allow the bagels to rise overnight in the refrigerator.
the set up for boiling bagels
The set up for boiling the bagels

Pastry Chef’s Tips for making bagels overnight:

  • Allow the sponge to rest for 30 minutes before mixing the dough. During that rest the water has time to hydrate the flour and gives us a head start on gluten develop. This little bit of hands off time also improves the flavor of the final product.
  • Use unbleached bread flour for maximum gluten development. Bread flour has a high protein content. More protein means more gluten development. Kneading also helps develop the gluten.
  • You can substitute molasses for the Malt syrup, but the malt syrup does give the bagels an authentic taste and color.
  • You could skip the overnight rise in the refrigerator and go straight ahead and boil and bake the bagels, but that long, cool rise is what gives these bagels their chewy texture and deep flavor.
  • Boiling the bagels in sugar/baking soda water is what gives them a super chewy yet crisp crust. If you skip this step your bagels will have a crust similar to a roll or bread.
  • Bagels should be baked in a very hot oven for a quick oven spring and good crust development.
  • Bagels are best the day they are baked. For longer term storage slice the bagels about 3/4 the way through and pack them into freezer bags.
  • Previously frozen bagels are best if toasted before serving.
A tray of freshly baked bagels
A freshly baked chewy bagel
The crumb on a New York bagel should not be too light or too tender.
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Fresh, hot delicious bagels for breakfast or brunch. They also freeze beautifully for future enjoyment. Now all you need is a schmear of cream cheese!

If you’ve got a sourdough starter, I highly recommend my Homemade Sourdough Bagels for a real treat.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

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Overnight Bagel Recipe

Chewy, crusty and properly dense, New York style bagels. They rise overnight so you can have fresh bagels for breakfast or brunch. All they need is a schmear of cream cheese.
Prep Time45 minutes
Bake Time25 minutes
Rising Time12 hours
Total Time13 hours 10 minutes
10 bagels


  • 16 oz warm water (2 cups (about 100°F))
  • ¼ oz instant yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 25 oz bread flour (5 cups, divided)
  • 1 ½ oz barley malt syrup ( 2 tablespoons, see note)
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • 2 oz granulated sugar (¼ cup (for boiling))
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda (for boiling)
  • 1 egg white (whisked lightly)
  • Topping (Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, caraway seeds or coarse sea salt)


  • In a bowl for a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl combine the water, yeast and 3 cups (15 oz) of the flour . Mix to form a thick batter. Cover the bowl and set aside for 30-60 minutes.
    16 oz warm water, ¼ oz instant yeast, 25 oz bread flour
  • Add the barley malt syrup and salt. If using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook. Add the remaining flour and mix to combine. Knead 5 minutes on medium/low speed. If working by hand, stir in as much of the flour as you can, then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in the remaining flour. Knead 5 minutes. Form the dough into a smooth ball.
    1 ½ oz barley malt syrup, 1 tablespoon table salt
  • Put the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat the dough. Cover the bowl and set aside to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper lightly sprinkled with flour or sprinkle the pan generously with cornmeal. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Divide the dough into 10 even pieces. Use a cupped hand to roll each piece into a smooth, tight ball.
  • To form a bagel, poke your finger all the way through the center of a ball to make a hole. Use two fingers to gently widen the hole. Continue gently stretching to form the bagel or twirl the dough around your fingers to widen the center hole (see photos). The hole should be 1 – 1 ½" wide.
  • Place the bagel on the prepared sheet pan and continue to form the remaining bagels. The dough will probably spring back a bit so you can go back and re-stretch them once you're done forming all the bagels. Cover the pan with lighly oiled plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for 15 minutes then place the pan in the refrigerator overnight.
  • In the morning, take the pan out of the refrigerator. The bagels should be noticeably fuller. Leave the tray out until the bagels come to room temperature, about 1 – 1 ½ hours. The time will vary based on the temperature in the room and how much the dough rose in the refrigerator. Once the dough comes to room temperature the bagels are ready to boil.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 °F. In a large pot combine 1 gallon of water with the sugar and baking soda and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to keep the water at a rolling simmer. Set a cooling rack over a clean sheet pan and place it next to the stove.
    2 oz granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Lift a bagel off the sheet pan and lower it into the boiling water, bottom side down. Boil the bagels for 30-45 seconds on each side. Depending on the size of your pot, you can boil 3-4 bagels at a time. As you remove the boiled bagels from the water, set them on the cooling rack to drain.
  • Line two half-sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and generously sprinkle with cornmeal (or flour). Place 5 of the boiled bagels on each sheet pan. You could fit them all on one pan but they may rise enough to stick together as they bake. I like all the sides to be crusty so I leave plenty of room between them.
  • Brush the bagels with egg white. You can leave the bagels plain or add the topping of your choice. To make "everything" bagels combine a tablespoon of each of the seeds & salt with a pinch each of garlic salt and onion powder. Adjust toppings to your taste.
    1 egg white, Topping
  • Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.


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You can use 1 tablespoon molasses plus 1 tablespoon of honey instead of barley syrup.


Serving: 1bagel | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.002mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 23rd of April 2023

I have made a recipe similar to this 3 times now.. they are excellent. My question is what difference will it make to let them come to room temp first? My recipe calls for me to boil straight out of the fridge.


Monday 10th of April 2023

Great recipe! Truly a great bagel.


Saturday 11th of February 2023

Nice recipe. The bagels look better if you boil then top side first


Monday 23rd of January 2023

I have never made bagels, so I was a little intimidated, but figured I’d give it a shot as my husband loves bagels and we can never find any good ones.

Followed your instructions and got some amazing bagels. I have now made these 4 times (starting #5 now) in the last two weeks. My husband and I (and some friends) are hooked!!

Thanks for the great recipe!


Sunday 15th of January 2023

OK. Growing up just outside of NYC, bagels are a way of life. I tried this recipe for the first time last night into this morning, and I have to say, great flavor and decent texture. I ran into a bit of an issue with them sticking to the parchment and plastic wrap overnight, so they weren't as fluffy as I would like. So, I am going to try a second batch today — baking bread takes practice, and no two environments are the same.

Question, while I know this is not a sourdough recipe, it does have a long rise, so will it aid in the digestion of gluten like a sourdough? I only ask because I am trying to cut down on gluten, and it seems like more traditional fermentation is better for the body and aids in the body's ability to process.

I am eager to learn more. Thanks for posting this recipe and for sharing your knowledge.

Eileen Gray

Sunday 15th of January 2023

Hi kt. For the sticking I have the best results when I put the bagels on a sheet pan dusted with cornmeal. You can lightly oil the underside of the plastic wrap to prevent it sticking to the dough. I have no expertise on the affect on gluten with long fermentation. I've read articles that say it's better for digestion but couldn't comment on it myself. I do have a Sourdough Bagel recipe if you have a starter or are interested in jumping into the sourdough world.