Dark Rye and Currant Pumpernickel Bagels

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Appears in
Best Bagels

By Marcy Goldman

Published 2018

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A short sponge starter greatly enhances the flavor and texture of these fragrant rye bagels. Great for sweet and savory snacks, or topped with cheese with a cup of tea or coffee. Don’t forget to buy coarse or dark rye flour.


Quick Sponge

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2


For the sponge, an hour before making dough, mix together the water, yeast, caraway seeds, malt powder or sugar, rye flour, white bread flour and caraway seeds. Stir to make a thick gloppy mixture and let stand one hour.

To make the bagel dough, stir down sponge mixture and add (from Dough ingredients) water, baker’s caramel, salt, sugar, cinnamon and most of white bread flour. Stir unt