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Gluten-free Vegan Bagels


For the bagel dough

575g warm water
10g active dry yeast

75g potato starch
75g tapioca starch
70g oat flour, gluten-free
140g sorghum flour
140g brown rice flour, plus extra for dusting
1½ tsp. sea salt

20g psyllium husk powder
12g ground chia or flax seed
1 Tbsp. brown sugar

For the Everything Seasoning

1 Tbsp. white sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. black sesame seeds
2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
1 tsp. flaky salt
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. onion powder


Combine the yeast and half the water in a large bowl and set to one side. After 10 minutes the yeast should be frothy and bubbly (if the yeast has not bubbled it may be expired and need replacing).

In the bowl of a stand mixer sift together the potato starch, tapioca starch, oat flour, brown rice flour, sorghum flour and salt.

Add the remaining water to the yeast and whisk in the psyllium husk powder, ground chia and sugar (this mixture will quickly turn to a gel). Fix the stand mixer with a dough hook and add the yeast mix to the flour. Mix the dough on high speed for 3-4 minutes. Bring the dough together into a ball (the dough will be very sticky), dust with brown rice flour and cover the bowl with a tea towel. Place the bowl in a warm place for 2 hours.

At the 1.5 hour mark, preheat the oven to 200C and line a large baking tray with parchment paper. If making the Everything Seasoning combine all the ingredients now.

Once the dough has proofed (it will only rise a small amount compared to a wheat dough), divide it into eight equal pieces and shape into balls with a large hole in the centre (the holes will close significantly during boiling and baking so really do make them large). Transfer to the baking tray and cover with a tea towel for 10 minutes.

Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Use a slotted spoon to slip one or two bagels into the water, they will sink at first and then rise to the surface. Boil the bagels for 30 seconds on each side and use the slotted spoon to return the bagels to the tray. Repeat with the remaining bagels making sure the water is boiling before adding them.

Sprinkle the bagels generously with everything seasoning and bake the bagels for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting.