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Einstein Bros. Bagels Bagels

By Todd Wilbur


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According to legend, in 1683 a Jewish baker shaped dough into the form of a riding stirrup to honor King Sobieski of Poland, a skilled horseman who had saved the Austrian people from Turkish invaders. Three hundred years later, this Boulder, Colorado chain is the biggest seller of what has become Americas favorite bagel brand. Since the first Einstein Bros. Bagel store opened in 1995, the chain has quickly expanded into 38 states. Today there are around 450 Einstein Bros. Bagel stores serving 16 varieties of the chewy bread snack. The company also owns Noah's Bagels, giving them another 140 stores. Each company has its own style of bagel, but both brands often win awards in local bagel contests. The company strives to open a new Einstein Bros. or Noah's somewhere in the country each business day.

Here are clone recipes for three of the chains most popular bagels plain, everything, and jalapeno. You'll notice the special ingredient that sets these bagels apart from others is molasses. That gives the bagels a sweet flavor as well as a slightly dark tint.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1 bagel
Total servings–4
Calories per serving–Plain 337, Everything 356, Jalapeno 340
Fat per serving–Plain 1g, Everything 2g, Jalapeno 1g

Source: Top Secret Recipes Lite by Todd Wilbur. 

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Plain Bagels
  • 1 cup very warm water (110 to 115 degrees, not steaming)
  • 1/2 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour (plus about 2/3 cup to incorporate while kneading)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar (for water bath)
  • cornmeal (for dusting)
Everything Bagels
  • 1 cup very warm water (110 to 115 degrees, not steaming)
  • 1/2 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour (plus about 2/3 cup to incorporate while kneading)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (for water bath)
  • cornmeal (for dusting)
  • 1 tablespoon dry minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dry minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Jalapeno Bagels
  • 1/3 cup canned jalapeno slices (nacho slices)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup very warm water (110 to 115 degrees, not steaming)
  • 1/2 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour (plus about 2/3 cup to incorporate while kneading)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar (for water bath)
  • Cornmeal (for dusting)
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      Einstein Bros. Bagels
    • Instructions

      Plain Bagels

      1. Combine the warm water and yeast in a medium bowl and stir until the yeast is dissolved. Be sure the water is not too hot, or it may kill the yeast.

      2. Add the corn syrup, molasses, and oil to the bowl and stir thoroughly. Add the salt.

      3. Pour the 2 cups of bread flour into the bowl and incorporate it with the other ingredients.

      4. Sprinkle a little of the reserved flour over the dough in the bowl and turn it out onto a surface that has been dusted with more of the reserve flour (depending on your climate you may not have to use all of the reserve flour, but you will surely use most of it). The dough should become very smooth and elastic, dry to the touch, and not tacky. You will have to knead for 6 to 7 minutes to get the right consistency.

      5. Put the dough back into the bowl or another container, cover, and let it rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes. The dough should double in size.

      6. Punch down the dough and cut it into 4 even portions. Working with one portion of the dough at a time, form the dough into a ball. Turn the edge of the dough inward with your fingers while punching a hole in the center with your thumbs. Work the dough in a circle while stretching it out and enlarging the center hole so that it looks like a doughnut. The hole should be between 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place the 4 portions of shaped dough onto a greased board or baking sheet, cover (a clean towel works well), and allow the dough to rise for 20 to 30 minutes. The dough should nearly double in size.

      7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

      8. Fill a medium saucepan 2/3 full of water and bring it to a boil. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar to the water.

      9. Working with one bagel at a time, first enlarge the hole if it has closed up to less than 3/4 of an inch. Be careful not to overwork the dough at this point or it won't have the proper consistency. Drop the bagel into the water, cover the saucepan, and boil for 20 seconds. Flip the bagel over, and boil for another 20 seconds. Immediately take the bagel out of the water with a slotted spoon, let the water drip off for about 10 seconds, then place the bagel onto a baking sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal. Repeat for the remaining bagels. Be sure the bagels do not touch each other.

      10. Bake the bagels for 22 to 26 minutes, or until they are light brown.

      Makes 4 bagels.

      Everything Bagels

      1. Follow the directions for the plain bagels through step 9.

      2. After the bagels have been arranged on the cornmeal-dusted baking sheet, and while they are still moist, sprinkle a scant teaspoon each of dry minced onion and dry minced garlic over the top of each bagel. Combine the poppy seeds, caraway seeds, sesame seeds, and kosher salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1/4 of the mixture over the top of each bagel.

      3. Bake the bagels for 26 to 30 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

      Makes 4 bagels.

      Jalapeno Bagels

      1. Finely mince the jalapeno slices, then combine with the red pepper flakes in a small bowl and set aside.

      2. Follow all of the steps for the plain bagels, adding the jalapeno mixture to the dough in step 2.

      3. Rise and bake using the same steps as for the plain bagels.

      Makes 4 bagels.

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Elizabeth Foster
Apr 11, 2013, 22:00

I made the recipe twice once using hands to knead & the other time using my bread machine to knead and rise the dough. Both times the bagels turned out really bland. Nothing like Einstein's. I've bought a few of Todd's recipes with a lot of success but this one gets a big thumbs down from me.

Ashley
May 2, 2006, 22:00

This is a great bagel recipe. I have tried several recipes and this is by far the best. Similar to Einstein's taste. I use about a teaspoon less less molasses, it was too strong with all of it.

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