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Montreal Bagel Recipe

The Classic Montreal Bagel is a sweet, dense and chewy treat. It is traditionally covered in sesame seeds and baked in a wood burning oven.
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine Canadian, French-Canadian
Keyword Bagel, Bread, Montreal, Montreal-Style
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Proofing time 1 hour
Calories 156kcal
Author Idriss


  • 4 cups + 1 tbsp. (500g) All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (235g) Lukewarm water
  • ¼ tsp (1g) Instant yeast
  • ½ tbsp. (10g) Honey
  • 1 Large Egg

For the water bath

  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 2 liters water


  • In your stand mixer bowl, add water and yeast. Mix and let your yeast bloom. Once you see little bubbles in the water you know that your yeast is alive and ready for action.
  • Add flour and honey. Using your dough hook, mix it all together roughly and then add your egg. Place bowl in stand mixer and mix on low speed for 4-6 minutes or until your dough is smooth. Take out of the bowl, shape into a tight a bowl, and place back into bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let your dough proof somewhere warm for 1 hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 500F
  • Prepare your garnish bowl. I am using two garnishes, so I poured 200g of sesame seeds into 1 bowl and the same amount of everything bagel dressing into another bowl.
  • Bring 2L of water to a boil, add your honey and whisk, lower the heat to a simmer (medium-low heat).
  • After 1 hour your dough should have grown by 50%. Take it out of the bowl and divide into 10-12 equal parts. Roll your dough into a 6"-7" rope. Bring the ends together. Slide your hand inside the bagel hole and roll to ensure that your bagel is properly sealed.
  • Drop your bagels in, 2 at a time and cook for about 1 ½ to 2 minutes. Remove bagels and place into garnish bowl. Once bagel is completely covered in garnish, place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Lower oven temp to 450F and bake for 18-24 minutes or until golden brown. Let bagel cool-down for at least 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Serving: 1Bagel | Calcium: 13mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 79mg | Calories: 156kcal | Fat: 1g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 31g | Iron: 3mg