Sourdough Bagels New York Style

slices sourdough bagel surrounded by other sourdough bagels on a white background.
Save Recipe

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

5 from 6 reviews

I’ve never met a person who doesn’t like bagels. I’ve met plenty of people who are anti-carbs, but no one can deny that bagels are delicious. Can we talk about the next level deliciousness of these New York-style sourdough bagels, though? I’ve NEVER had a bread product this good. If you love sourdough, and you love bagels, you must try this recipe.


  • 6 Cups Bread Flour
  • 1 Cup Sourdough Starter
  • 1 1/4 Cups Water, Cold
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Water, Set Aside

For the Boiling Water Bath

  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda (or baking powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

For the Toppings

  • 2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds 
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Black Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Minced Onion


  1. In a large bowl, combine the starter, flour, salt, maple syrup, and cold water. 
  2. Knead the ingredients together until a uniform dough ball forms. Use the extra 1/4 cup of water if necessary. 
  3. Cover the bowl with a towel and rest the dough for 1 hour. 
  4. Using a spray bottle filled with water, mist your clean countertop. Wet your hands and wet the top of the dough ball with the spray bottle. Turn the dough out onto the wet counter surface. Scrape out the bowl and rinse the inside of the bowl really well. Leave the bowl wet. 
  5. Stretch and fold the dough. Stretch the top of the dough over the bottom, side over side, and bottom over top. Place the dough back in the bowl with the seam side down. Let the dough rest for 1 to 2 hours.
  6. Do another wet stretch and fold at this point and let the dough rest for another one or two hours.
  7. Next, sprinkle some flour on the surface of your counter. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on the floured surface.  
  8. Stretch the dough into a rectangle that’s a little bigger than a sheet of paper. Be gentle with the dough!! You don’t want to flatten it. Just lightly pull the sides until it’s a rectangle about the size of a sheet of paper. 
  9. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 8 even squares. (you can cut into 9 squares for smaller bagels) 
  10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle flour on top of the parchment paper. 
  11. Grab a single square, and fold the in the corners of the dough over each other, forming a small round dough ball. Place the dough ball on the floured parchment paper. Repeat for the other squares. 
  12. Lightly sprinkle the top of the dough balls with flour. Cover the dough balls with a towel and let them rise for 1 to 2 hours.
  13. Flour your hands and pick up a dough ball. Place it in your right hand. Using your thumb on the top of the dough ball and middle finger on the bottom, squeeze a hole through the center of the dough ball. Bring your index finger and ring finger through the hole in the dough to touch your thumb. 
  14. Use your other hand to guide the donut-shaped dough through your right-hand palm and fingers that are held in a circular shape. This is how you create a nice bagel shape. 
  15. Place the shaped bagels back on the floured parchment paper. (lightly sprinkle more flour if you need to)
  16. Let the shaped bagels proof at room temperature for 2 hours.
  17. Place the bagel dough in the refrigerator for a final proof of 12 hours. 
  18. After 12 hours, preheat your oven to 450° F. 
  19. Gather your toppings and add them to small bowls for easy use.
  20. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in the baking soda and the maple syrup. 
  21. Using a slotted spoon, place each bagel in the boiling water for about a minute, flipping at 30 seconds. 
  22. Remove the bagel from the water, place it back on the parchment paper, and sprinkle on the toppings. 
  23. Repeat for the remaining bagels. Once they all have toppings, place the bagels in the oven. 
  24. Bake for approximately 20 minutes* until golden brown. Rotate the bagels at 10 minutes for even baking. 
  25. Remove and allow to cool for 30 minutes. 


*While kneading, you can add 1/4 to 1/2  cup more water to the dough to help it come together. 

*Bake time may vary. I usually end up baking for 35 minutes total. You can check the bagels every 5 minutes to ensure you do not overcook them.