Pumpkin Cranberry Bagels


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Best Bagels

Best Bagels

By Marcy Goldman

Published 2018

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Like Thanksgiving in the round, these are simply amazing bagels: rustic and touched with a kiss of pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, and a good smattering of dried cranberries. Feel free to swap in some whole-wheat flour if you like.



  • cup dried cranberries, plumped and dried
  • cups warm water
  • teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 - 6 cups bread flour
  • teaspoons salt
  • teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


    Plump cranberries by covering them with very hot water and allow them to sit for five minutes. Drain and use a paper towel to dry thoroughly. Set aside. Stack two baking sheets together and line the top one with parchment paper.

    In a mixer bowl, whisk together the water, yeast, oil, honey and brown sugar, stirring to dissolve yeast and sugar. Stir in pumpkin puree. Stir in half of the flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamonand blend well. Add more flour and begin kneading, 10-12 minutes, adding more flour as required to make a very stiff dough but remember to add cranberries about half way through the kneading period. Place dough on work surface, cover with a clean tea towel and let rest 10 minutes; then divide into 10 portions. Form each portion into a rope about 10 inches long. Form into bagels by attaching ends together and rolling on board to lock ends. Let bagels rise about 15 minutes until they appear a little puffy.

    Preheat oven to 450°F. Meanwhile, fill a large pot two-thirds full with water, add the brown sugar and bring to a gentle boil. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. Place a few bagels at a time in boiling water. As they rise to the surface, turn them over and allow them to cook on other side another minute. Remove to baking sheet and let dry briefly. Dust with some cinnamon.

    Bake until done (bagels will be nicely browned all over) 18-22 minutes.