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Bagel Bites

Homemade Bagel Bites

  • Author: Mike
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2.5 hours
  • Yield: 32 bagels 1x


Bagels made from scratch and topped with yummy pizza toppings, baked to perfection!  Yum!



  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1.5 cups warm water (heated to 115°)
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp sugar
  • 3.5 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • .5 tsp onion powder
  • .5 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • .5 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 oz mini pepperonis


  1. Combine water and instant yeast and stir together.  Let sit for 15 minutes to activate.  
  2. In stand mixer (affiliate), combine water/yeast, bread flour, salt and sugar.  Mix with dough hook for 8 minutes to knead.  Move to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let sit for 90 minutes, or until dough has doubled in size.
  3. Lightly deflate dough with hands and transfer to a clean flat surface.  Cut into 16 equal sized pieces.  Roll pieces into dough using a cupped hand against the flat surface.  When rolled into a tight ball, poke a hole through the center with your fingers.  Using both index fingers, spin dough for 6 seconds to create a nice hole.  Place on baking sheet and cover with damp kitchen towel.  Let rise for 15 minutes.
  4. Fill a large pot (affiliate) about halfway with water and add honey.  Bring to a boil.  When boiling, add about 3-4 bagels at a time and cook for one minute.  Gently flip the bagels and cook for one minute more.  Remove to a paper towel to soak up extra moisture.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425­ and place rack in upper third of oven.
  5. Beat 1 egg white with a Tbsp of water and brush over all exposed areas of the bagel.  Place baking pan in oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until bagels turn a nice golden brown.  Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely.  Reduce oven temperature to 375°.
  6. Combine sauce ingredients (tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, pepper and a pinch of salt) and stir together.
  7. Lay bagels greased side up on a large baking sheet (affiliate).  Place a spoonful of sauce on each and spread to edge. Add a pinch of shredded mozzarella and again spread to edge.  Next, lay pepperonis flat on top.  Place in oven and bake for ten minutes, until cheese barely browns.  Let cool 5 minutes before serving.


Freezer option: If freezing, make the bagels up to the point where you top them and place on a baking sheet.  Place in freezer for 30 minutes, then remove and place in a ziploc bag. Keeps well for up to three months.  To reheat, cook at 375° for 12-14 minutes, or until cheese has begun to turn golden brown.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Pizza, After School Snacks, Homemade Bagels

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