Guys. Cinnamon Crunch Bagels!
Yeah, I know.
They’re not the prettiest bagels you have ever laid eyes on, but they are the best you have ever tasted.
I mean, cinnamon crunch!
They are just, well, the best. Nothing is better than a fresh homemade bagel. Especially when it is covered in a crunchy cinnamon sugar-coating. This is a bagel that makes people’s eyes roll back upon their first bite.
This is the kind of bagel that stops people dead in their tracks.
Today it is Cinnamon Crunch Bagel time!
Not pancakes, not toast, not waffles. Not eggs. Not even cinnamon rolls.
Yes, all those things are delicious. Really delicious, but today is all about the homemade bagel. The bagel you’re gonna want to have around at all times. You know for when that cinnamon sugar craving hits you hard and fast. These are going to be what you want.
When we used to live in Cleveland my mom would sometimes buy the cinnamon crunch bagels from Panera. I remember those things being the best thing ever! Gosh my brothers and I loved them.
We would toast them and then load them up with butter. Best breakfast ever.
I have not been to Panera in years, but that doesn’t mean I forgot about these bagels. They are not a bagel you forget.
Really these bagels could not be better. They are everything you love about a bagel + everything you love about a cinnamon roll + a little crunch! And the crunch? The crunch is good.
It’s Sunday so hopefully you have absolutely nothing to do and since these bagels are calling your name you should probably stop listening (reading) to me babble and just go make them. You should even double the recipe and throw some in the freezer. Ah yes, you should do that ,it’s a genius idea!
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 packets active dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 cups bread flour
- 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour or pastry flour
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (for the water bath)
- Cinnamon Crunch Topping
- 3/4 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cinnamon
- 4-6 tablespoons butter, melted
In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine water, yeast and honey, stir to combine, then let sit until foamy, about 10-15 minutes. Once foamy, gradually add in salt, cinnamon, 2 cups of flour and 2 cups of white whole wheat flour with the mixer on low speed. After 5 minutes or so, if the dough is still sticky, add the remaining bread flour and white whole wheat flour a 1/4 cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead for 3 minutes longer and then knead in the white chocolate chips and knead until evenly distributed. Remove the dough from the bowl (it should be thick and stiffer than most yeast breads) and knead a few times with your hands, forming it into a ball. Some of the white chocolate chips are going to want to fall out, just push them back in.
Brush a large bowl with oil. Place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover the bowl with a wet towel or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until doubled in size – about 1 hour.
Once doubled, punch down the dough and place on your counter, using a little more flour if needed to prevent from sticking. Divide dough into 13-15 balls. Sometimes I use my scale to weigh the dough and then figure out how big each piece should be, but for these bagels I just eyeballed it and ended up with some larger bagels and and some smaller. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Working with one piece of dough at a time, shape it into a ball and then use your fingers to poke a hole in the middle. Gently stretch the dough until the hole is about 2 inches big. Place the bagel on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough. Cover the baking sheet lightly with plastic and let the bagels rise for about 15-20 minutes.
While the bagels rise, melt the butter for the topping. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients for the crunchy topping (brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon). Don't mix the dry ingredients with the butter.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. When the bagels are ready, lower two or three at a time into the water. Boil for 3 minutes then flip to the other side and boil for 1 additional minute. Using a slotted spoon or spider strainer, remove the bagels from the pot letting the water drain. Transfer to the second baking sheet you prepared. Continue until you've boiled all of the bagels.
Once the bagels are all boiled, brush each bagel with butter and then generously sprinkle cinnamon sugar. Try to clump the cinnamon sugar together so some of it will get crunchy (I did not use all the cinnamon sugar, I had about a 1/4 cup left).
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the bagels are golden brown and the cinnamon sugar has hardend. Allow the bagels to cool. Slice, toast, eat whole, slather with butter or cream cheese!