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Montreal bagels overhead on a cutting board

Montreal Bagels

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bagels 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Canadian


These Montreal-style-inspired bagels are chewy and soft, with a slight sweetness paired with a crunchy topping, such as sesame seeds or poppy seeds. Toast them up, slather on the cream cheese and enjoy these delicious homemade bagels!


  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast OR instant yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups unbleached bread flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sesame seeds, poppy seeds and/or everything bagel seasoning
  • 1/3 cup honey


  1. First, make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment or in a large bowl using a wooden spoon, stir together water, maple syrup, yeast, flour and salt until a firm dough forms. Continue to knead dough in stand mixer on medium speed 6-8 minutes, OR knead by hand on a clean surface 8-10 minutes, until dough is soft, smooth, elastic and only slightly sticky. If necessary, you can knead in up to 1/4 cup more flour if dough seems too sticky.
  2. Shape dough into a ball; transfer to a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, place a large sheet of parchment paper on an upside-down baking sheet. Place sesame/poppy/everything bagel seeds into shallow bowls.
  4. Next, shape the bagels: Punch down risen dough to deflate. Divide dough into 8 equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball; poke a hole in the center of each ball and gently tug to form a rough bagel shape with a 2-inch circle in the center (see Post above for a link to a video tutorial on how to shape bagels!). Place bagels on parchment; cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until slightly puffy, about 20 minutes. In the meantime, heat oven to 475°F. 
  5. Next, boil the bagels: In a large saucepan, bring honey and roughly 3 quarts of water (enough to fill the pan by about 3 inches) to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer 2 to 3 bagels at a time to simmering water; cook on one side for about 1 minute, then flip and cook for another minute. Use slotted spoon to transfer each bagel to one of the bowls with seeds; dip and turn the bagels to coat in the seeds, then return, seed side-up, to parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bagels.
  7. Finally, bake the bagels: With bagels still placed on parchment-lined upside-down baking sheet, carefully transfer to oven. Bake bagels 15 to 20 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking, until bagels are a deep golden brown. Cool bagels completely on a cooling rack before slicing.
  8. Store fresh-baked bagels in a paper bag for up to 1 day; after that, slice each bagel in half and freeze for up to 2 months.


  • Recipe adapted from King Arthur Baking.
  • Swap the honey used in the boiling liquid for 1/4 cup barley malt syrup, if desired.

Keywords: honey boiled bagels, everything bagels, sesame seed bagels, poppy seed bagels, canadian bagels