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Black Russian Bagels {Pumpernickel Everything Bagels}

This is the one bagel to rule them all. Recipe Source: Very gently adapted with just a couple of small changes from King Arthur Flour
Author Rebecca Lindamood


For the Dough:

  • 1/3 cup plus1 tablespoon King Arthur Flour Pumpernickel Artisan Bread Flavor or 2 ounces by weight
  • 3 3/4 cups Unbleached Bread Flour 1 pound by weight
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water 10 ounces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast

To Boil the Bagels:

  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar or raw sugar

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the Everything Bagel Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 3 tablespoons dried minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon pretzel salt or coarse sea salt


To Make the Everything Bagel Topping:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a pint jar, screw a lid on tightly, and shake to combine. Store in a cool, dark place and use as needed.

To Make the Dough:

  • Mix all of the dough ingredients together in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook on low speed then allow the mixer to knead it for 10 minutes. Do not crank the speed above low unless you'd like to damage your machine! If you do not have a stand mixer, use a sturdy spoon to combine the dough ingredients before turning it out onto a clean counter and kneading it for 15 minutes. Either way, the dough will be quite stiff... Don't be tempted to add water to loosen it up.
  • Remove the dough from the stand mixer bowl and oil it (or oil another mixing bowl). Put the dough in, flip it once, then cover the bowl with a clean, dry tea towel and let it rest and rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour to 90 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  • Turn the dough out onto clean work surface, divide into 8 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a smooth ball. This is easiest to do if you roll it around on the countertop in a repetitive circular pattern with your hand cupped gently over it. Let the dough balls rest, covered with a clean towel, for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • While the dough rests, combine the bagel boil ingredients in a large, high-sided skillet over high heat. When the sugars have dissolved and the water is at a gentle boil (not a full, rolling one) turn your attention to the rested dough.
  • Poke your index finger down through the center of each dough ball to the counter. Pick the dough ball up and gently stretch the hole you made until it is about 2 inches in diameter. Take care not to deflate the dough too much. Place it back on the mat and repeat with the remaining dough. Once they're all done, lower one bagel at a time into the water (lowering the side that was facing up on the countertop into the water first.) Do not overcrowd the pan. Each batch for boiling should be no larger than 4 bagels. Boil those 4 bagels for 2 minutes on the first side, carefully flip the bagels and boil the second side for 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bagels to a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. They will not expand greatly while they bake, but should still have a little space between them to allow heat to circulate well. Repeat with the remaining bagels.
  • Whisk together the water and egg white until frothy. Brush the boiled bagels then generously crust the top of the bagels with the Everything Bagel Topping. Bake for 25 minutes. The internal temperature of a finished bagel should be at least 190°F.