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Homemade French Toast Bagels - Breakfast Made Easy! @shawsimpleswaps
Homemade French Toast Bagels
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 55 mins

Slightly sweet, totally delicious, these Homemade French Toast Bagels will be the best thing that ever happened to your breakfast menu! 

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 8 bagels
Calories: 198 kcal
Author: Liz Shaw MS, RDN, CLT @shawsimpleswaps
  • 1 cup 2% fat milk *use plant beverage if vegan
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour *whole wheat if possible
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  1. Heat milk for 30 to 40 seconds in a large microwave safe bowl. Remove and stir in maple syrup. Whisk in the yeast and let sit for 3 to 7 minutes. 

    In a separate bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together. Add by the 1/3 cup into the milk mixture and stir together using a wooden spoon. Continue until all but 1/4 cup of flour is added. Note, the dough will hold together but appear shaggy. 

  2. Next, add in the remaining two tablespoons of maple syrup and stir. Add the last 1/4 cup flour until combined.

    Remove the dough and place on a floured work surface. Knead dough about 5 minutes, using the extra flour from the surface to prevent sticking.

    In a new large bowl sprayed with cooking spray, add the dough back in and cover with a lightly damp towel.

    Place in a warm location for a minimum of 2 hours. 

  3. When ready to prepare bagels, remove cloth and punch down dough. Remove from bowl and let is sit again for 5 to 7 minutes on a floured surface.

    Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Form each piece into a round circle. Place your floured finger through the center of each piece of dough to form the bagel. Note- my bagels were not perfectly round! Use your creativity to make the circle like shape that appeals to you!

    Set bagels aside while you boil the water. Whisk 2 teaspoons of baking soda into the water.

    While water is boiling, preheat oven to 425*F and spray a baking sheet liberally with nonstick spray.

  4. Gently place a few bagels at a time into the boiling water. Be careful, use a slotted spoon or alternative utensil so you don't burn your hand!

    Let bagels sit for 2 minutes per side in the water. Remove and place on baking sheet, repeating until all bagels have been boiled.

    Bake for 20-22 minutes or until surface is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Place baking sheet on top of the stove top racks to cool.

    Enjoy with cream cheese, fruit, butter or spread! Store in an airtight bag for up to 2 days on the counter or 1 week in the refrigerator for best quality. 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade French Toast Bagels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 451mg19%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.