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Eggnog Bagels

Crispy and chewy bagels from our recipe specialists rival any gourmet bakery brand. The fantastic spiced spread complements the cinnamon-sugar goodies.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen bagels (3/4 cup cream cheese)

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 5 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 8 cups water
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • SPICED CREAM CHEESE:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the eggnog, 1 tablespoon sugar, 3 teaspoons salt, nutmeg and 1-1/2 cups flour; mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough; beat 1 minute longer.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Shape into 12 balls. Push thumb through centers to form a 1-1/2-in. hole. Stretch and shape dough to form an even ring. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes, then refrigerate overnight.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes; flatten bagels slightly. In a non-aluminum Dutch oven, bring water to a boil with the remaining sugar and salt. Drop bagels, one at a time, into water. Cook for 30 seconds; turn and cook 30 seconds longer. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain well on paper towels.
  • Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. In a small bowl, combine egg white and water; brush over bagels. Combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over the tops.
  • Bake at 425° for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar, extract, cinnamon and nutmeg; serve with bagels.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 218 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 663mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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