Broken Teepee: How to Shape a Bagel - Part II

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to Shape a Bagel - Part II

New way to shape bagels for making homemade bagels

I've written before of my love of bagels and how I make them twice a month so I always have some to eat when I want one. I have my favorite Bagel Recipe posted on the blog if you want to see how I make them.
Shaping them was always the tricky part as sometimes they would come unsealed and I'l have wonky looking bagels. I really didn't care as they still tasted good. Thanks to my local paper, The Missoulian, I now have a new way to shape bagels and they come out looking much nicer.

My former method involved rolling the dough into a strip and then turning the strip into a round. It made bagels that looked like this when they were baked:

you can see that some edges are not perfectly clean and stick up at the side. This is where they came apart either while boiling or baking.

The new method is totally different. Watch:

If you cannot see the video you can watch it on YouTube HERE

The first time I made them this way it did take me a little bit longer but now I just fly as I make them. I use a fondue fork to poke through the middle. Hey, whatever works, right?

I first shape the dough into the rounds. Then I poke the holes through the center and widen them.

I line them up on the cookie sheets for boiling.

They do grow a bit after their bath.

And as you can see these do look a lot better after they have been baked. Much neater. I'm just thrilled to have found this method. The bagels now look as good as they taste.

If you are interested in trying here just click HERE for my bagel recipe.


  1. What a clever trick! However, I love them whatever shape they are....and yours look super yummy!

  2. Impressive and lovely. I love bagels, especially Montreal bagels which are tasty, delectable and crusty. Yours look so enticing.

  3. I want to make bagels at home now. Very cool and they look delicious.

  4. I've never thought about making my own bagels! Looks like they are pretty easy to do, I will have to try it some day.

    1. It really isn't that difficult. You just need a bit of time.

  5. What a great post. I never even realized that is how bagels are made.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your tips. I love to eat bread especially having my morning coffee :-)

  7. I was wondering if it would be possible to request a sample of these delightful bagels. We are a bagel loving family who appreciate authentic bagels. thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com


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