Sourdough Whole Wheat Bagels

Makes 1 dozen of bagels.

Making bagels from scratch can be one of the best things you would ever tried. By using whole wheat flour, you will not only add nutrition to your breakfast bagel, but also amazing flavors coming from the whole grains. To make this bagel even better, we have created a sourdough bagel recipe for you. Let the scientists explain it to you:

"Sourdough fermentation can modify healthiness of cereals in a number of ways: it can improve texture and palatability of whole grain, fibre-rich or gluten-free products, stabilise or increase levels of various bioactive compounds, retard starch bioavailability (low glyceamic index products) and improve mineral bioavailability." - Research Paper.

Prep Time
Approximate 4 hours
Cook Time
15 minutes


785 grams of Whole Wheat Flour

12 grams of salt

31 grams of sugar

565 grams of water

157 grams of starter



1.  Scale all ingredients.

2. Use a professional mixer, place starter and water in the mixing bowl and mix for 1 minute to break the starter apart.

3. Add in the rest of the ingredients, mix at slow speed for 2 minutes.  Switch to medium speed and continue mixing until gluten is fully developed.

4. Place dough in a slightly grease bowl, cover with plastic wrap or lid.  Bulk fermentation for 3 hours at room temperature.

5. Divide and pre-shape into rounds of 125g. Rest 5-10 minutes.

6. Poke your finger in the middle of the rounds to make a hole and enlarge the hole.  

7. Place on a parchment line paper and proof for 30 minutes.

8.  10 minutes before the bagels are done proofing, measure out 1000 ml of water, 10 grams of baking soda, and 10 grams of sugar and put in a pot or bowl.  Bring the water to boil.  

9. Pre-heat the oven to 400 °F.

10.  Boil 1-2 bagels at a time, 30 seconds on each side. Remove and place on a rack to drain excess water.

11.  Dip bagels into toppings of choice, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and other toppings.  

12.  Place on a parchment line paper tray and bake for 15 minutes at 400 °F

13. Remove and transfer the cooked bagels onto a wire rack and let it cool before serving.