Chive Bagels

dairy-free, sesame-free chive bagels

Sadly bagels are out of bounds for us – because of the popularity of sesame bagels, all varieties may contain traces of sesame seeds and so the whole genre of bagel type breads is a no go for Little S. I do bemoan sesame allergy – you might think that avoiding those little seeds would have minimal impact, but their use in bakeries makes most fresh breads and generally any interesting baked goods firmly in the no go list 😦

So, if we want fancy, exciting breads we have to make them. Whilst not ideal when time is limited, it is also an absolute joy to include homemade breads, warm and fragrant from the oven into our family mealtimes. It’s when I feel like a real good mummy and provider of goodness!

These bagels with their oniony chives were a massive hit – we had traditional bagels for lunch with salads, and then bagels made into burger buns for supper. It’s definitely worth the effort when you get two tasty homemade meals out of one batch of dough!

Theses bagels are wonderfully soft inside with a slightly chewy exterior, but without any hint of heavy which store bought varieties can be. In fact they were such a hit that D has declared them his favourite homemade bread of all time! :-0

Chive Bagels

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

vegan chive bagels

Makes 10

2 tbsp caster sugar

1/2 tbsp soft brown sugar

1 1/2 tsps salt

1 tbsp dried yeast

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

300ml water

500g strong bread flour

1 tbsp freeze-dried chives or 2 tbsps  chopped fresh chives

1tbsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tbsp dairy-free milk, for brushing

A few flakes of sea salt to sprinkle

  1. Sift the flour into bowl; add the chives, salt, sugars and yeast.
  2. Pour in the water and oil and and mix until you have a nice smooth, pliable dough (if you have a mixer with a dough hook use that)
  3. Knead until the dough is silky smooth and bounces back when you make an indentation (probably 5-10 minutes)
  4. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and leave to rise for about an hour, or until doubled in size.
  5. Heat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade/gas mark 7. Oil a baking sheet
  6. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Cut the dough into ten equal sized pieces.
  7. Shape each into a ball, then insert a wooden spoon handle in the middle to make a hole. Twizzle about until the hole is at least 2cm/1 inch across. (Or leave as balls if making burger buns)
  8. Once all the bagels are shaped, tip the bicarbonate into the water. Place each bagel in the boiling water for about 30 seconds, turning over once. Lift out, drain off the excess water by placing on a clean tea towel. Then place on the baking sheet.
  9. Brush with the dairy-free milk and sprinkle with the salt.
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden
  11. Cool on a wire rack.

dairy-free, nut-free bagels

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Beth says:

    Those bagels are amazing! You did such a great job!

  2. Starr says:

    These sound amazing! When you say “strong bread flour”, are you simply reinforcing to use bread flour (not all-purpose)? Or is there an actual stronger variation of bread flour that I haven’t heard about here?

    1. lucylox says:

      Yes bread flour – in the uk we call it strong flour as in more gluten and you even get extra strong too!

  3. jen says:

    What is caster sugar?

    1. lucylox says:

      I think it’s called superfine in the US

  4. Kudos for making bagels the real way — so many of them now are just heavy tasting bread formed in an O. These look wonderful!

    1. lucylox says:

      Thank you! They’re so much fun to make, I’d recommend it! X

  5. Sophie33 says:

    Oh Lucy! Your fresh chive bugels look just perfect,….yummmm smeared with butter & cream cheese!.

  6. mintyskitchen says:

    Lucy you are incredible! I wish everyone could cook like you

    1. lucylox says:

      Aww thank you 😊 x

  7. mintyskitchen says:

    Can you devise a wholewheat one or half and half?

    1. lucylox says:

      Now that is a good idea – challenge accepted! 😀

  8. mintyskitchen says:

    I must make some nut free mincemeat. Have done in past but not sure what recipe. I think one friend uses Delia’s which did not have nuts in it anyway? There is Bev’s. But I’d quite like one with apple and whisky in it as my Christmas pudding has orange and cranberry.

  9. mintyskitchen says:

    So, that was another semi-request – recipe for nut free and seed free mincemeat with whisky and apple! I am wary of seeds generally, as my son allergic to sesame, needs supervised feed for poppy seed. He’s been having linseeds fine in biscuits from the local farm, but it might be they are ground and properly cooked, not sure how to use them myself. Will try him on those biscuits a few more times first! Can you buy linseeds ground?

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