If you enjoy biting into a chewy bagel for breakfast, you’re going to love this simple recipe! Make a batch of fresh blueberry bagels from scratch with a little bit of prep work in your kitchen and a few minutes of cooking in the air fryer. These quick and easy air fryer bagels are the best way to whip up a delicious bakery snack from the comfort of your home.
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What Ingredients Do I Need to Make BlueberryBagels?
You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own bagels at home from scratch. And that’s because their made with just a few simple ingredients. To make fresh bagels in your air fryer, you’ll need:
- Warm water
- Active dry yeast
- All-purpose flour
- Frozen blueberries
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How Do I Make Blueberry Bagels in the Air Fryer?
Using your air fryer is a great way to make fresh bagels from scratch. And since it’s so quick and easy to cook in this handy appliance, this recipe is going to be your new favorite way to cook homemade bagels!
Step One: Mix the Dough
Mix warm water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl. Stir to mix the ingredients together and let the yeast sit for around five minutes until it begins to bubble and foam. While the yeast activates, combe the flour and salt in a separate bowl. When the yeast is ready, slowly add the flour mixture to the water, stirring as you go. Continue mixing until a soft dough begins to form, then fold in the blueberries.
Step Two: Prep the Dough
Dust your work surface with flour and transfer the dough to the work area. Knead the dough gently until the dough begins to come together and become elastic. Add a small amount of oil to a clean bowl and coat the bottom and sides. Place the dough in the oiled bowl, then cover and place it in a warm spot for around one hour until it doubles in size.
Step Three: Form the Bagels
After the dough is finished rising, transfer it to a lightly dusted work surface. Divide the large ball into eight smaller pieces and roll each piece into a smooth ball. Using your thumb, punch a hole into the center of the dough ball. Place the small dough rings onto a baking sheet and cover with a towel. Allow the mixture to rest for 25 minutes.
Step Four: Boil the Bagels
Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. Add water and baking soda to a large saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. When the bagels are finished proofing, place 2 to 3 bagels in the boiling water for 2 minutes, flipping the bagels over after 1 minute. Remove the bagels with a slotted spoon to allow the water to drain, and place them in the air fryer basket. Continue adding the bagels to the basket until it’s full, making sure not to overcrowd the bagels. Make sure to only boil as many bagels as you can immediately cook. So, depending on the size of your air fryer, this may need to be done in 2 to 3 batches.
Step Five: Air Fry the Bagels
Set the air fryer to cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. After six minutes of cooking, remove the basket from the air fryer and carefully flip each bagel. Continue boiling and cooking the bagels in batches until all the dough has been cooked. Allow the bagels to cool before serving.
How do I make the Blueberry Bagels in the Oven?
If you do not have an air fryer, you can make these delicious homemade blueberry bagels in the oven. To make them in the oven, follow steps one through four. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. After boiling the bagels, remove them from the water with a slotted spoon. Then, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet with bagels on the center rack in the oven. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 22 minutes or until bagels are lightly brown. After 10 minutes in the oven, turn the bagels over for even baking.
How Do You Store Blueberry Bagels?
After you have enjoyed your fresh blueberry bagels, you might have a few leftovers. Make sure to allow the bagels to cool completely, then transfer them to an air-tight container for storage. You can keep the bagels at room temperature for up to four days.
If you want to store them for longer than a few days, you can also keep your bagels in the freezer. Place the bagels in an even layer on a baking sheet and store them in the freezer. Once the bagels are frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer bag for storage. They can be safely frozen for up to three months.
Frozen bagels can be thawed by leaving them out at room temperature or reheating them in the oven, air fryer, or toaster.
Air Fryer Bagels Tips and Tricks
Making bagels in your air fryer is a quick and easy way to prepare fresh treats. But getting the dough just right is essential when preparing bagels from scratch. Use these tips and tricks for making your own bagels at home.
- Make sure the dough is dry. Bagel dough is meant to be low hydration, so it should never feel sticky or wet. That means the amount of water you need may vary depending on the humidity in your kitchen. Adding water to your dough a small amount at a time is the best way to keep your dough from becoming too sticky.
- Add more flour if the dough is sticky. If the dough becomes too wet or begins to stick to the sides of your bowl as you’re mixing the ingredients together, simply dust more flour into the bowl while you mix. And if the dough feels too sticky while you’re kneading it, slowly knead more flour into the dough ball while you work it.
- Boil in batches. As you’re blanching the bagels to prepare them for cooking, it’s important not to overcrowd the pot. Since the bagels should boil for a short time, try not to cook more than three or four at a time. This will keep the dough from sticking together as it boils and help prevent overcooking.
- Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. To ensure your bagels cook evenly in the air fryer, make sure to leave plenty of space between each one inside the basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you will be able to cook three to four bagels per batch. Working in batches will ensure even cooking and give the dough plenty of space to rise and expand as it cooks.
Air Fryer Bagels with Blueberries
- 12 cups warm water divided
- 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 4 tablespoons sugar divided
- 5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour divided
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups blueberries frozen
Air Fryer Instructions
- In a mixing bowl, add 2 cups of warm water, yeast, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Give it a gentle stir, then let sit for 5 minutes until foam and bubbles form.
- Add 4 1/2 cups of flour and salt to another bowl and gradually stir into the water mixture. Continue to stir and mix until a soft dough forms. Fold in the blueberries.
- Add 1/2 cup of flour to a hard surface and kneed the dough gently until it forms up and is elastic.
- Lightly oil a bowl and add the dough. Cover and place in a warm spot for an hour. The dough will double in size.
- Add the dough to a lightly dusted hard surface. Divide into 8 smaller pieces and roll into a smooth ball. Using your thumb, punch and smooth a hole into the center of the dough ball.
- Place the dough rings on a baking sheet and cover for 25 minutes.
- In a large saucepan, bring 8-10 cups of water to a bowl with 1 tablespoon of sugar.
- Once the dough is finished proofing, and the water is boiling, dunk each bagel into the bath for a few minutes. Immediately place the boiled bagels in the air fryer basket on parchment. Boil only what you can immediately cook.
- Cook at 350°f for 10 minutes, flipping at 6 minutes. Bagels will be fully cooked and ready to eat after cooling.
- If you do not have an air fryer, you can make these delicious homemade blueberry bagels in the oven. To make them in the oven, follow steps one through four. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. After boiling the bagels, remove them from the water with a slotted spoon. Then, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet with bagels on the center rack in the oven. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 22 minutes or until bagels are lightly brown. After 10 minutes in the oven, turn the bagels over for even baking.