Pumpkin raisin bagels

Making bagels at home is easy! These pumpkin raisin ones are perfect for a fall breakfast.
Pumpkin raisin bagels | runningtothekitchen.com

The rate at which carbs are being consumed over here lately you’d think I’m pregnant with quadruplets or something (I’m not). Things are a bit out of hand lately. From cookies to pasta to donuts to bagels, I want them all!

Bagels have always been a bucket list kitchen thing for me so this carb obsessed stupor I’ve been in seemed like a good time to finally make them happen.

Pumpkin raisin bagels | runningtothekitchen.com

This is one of those recipes that once they came out of the oven, I slathered butter on one, shoved it into my mouth and immediately knew there would be no way words would be able to explain how good these are to you. So take my word when I tell you I ate 1/2 a dozen in 3 days and refused to even put cream cheese on them for fear it’d take away from the delicious pumpkin flavor. And usually, I’m a slather as much cream cheese on as possible NY’er kind of bagel eater so that’s saying something.

Pumpkin raisin bagels | runningtothekitchen.com

Knowing homemade bagels are this easy, I’m a little scared for what’s to come. I have a million variations swirling around in my head already. You know that cinnamon crunch one from Panera with that highly addictive delicious topping? Yeah, these + that = next time. It’s happening. For now though, get your chewy, soft bagel & pumpkin cravings all satisfied with one of these babies for breakfast.

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Pumpkin raisin bagels
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Making bagels at home is easy! These pumpkin raisin ones are perfect for a fall breakfast.
Recipe type: bagels
Serves: 1 dozen
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 package active yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  1. Put raisins in a small bowl and fill with enough warm water to just cover the tops of them. Set aside and let plump.
  2. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast, warm water and sugar. Stir gently and let sit and froth for about 10 minutes.
  3. Once the yeast is frothy, add the pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar, salt, spices and raisins (drained of their water) and mix with the paddle attachment on low speed.
  4. Switch out the paddle attachment for the dough hook on the stand mixer.
  5. Add 2 cups of the flour and mix on medium low speed.
  6. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour gradually as the dough mixes.
  7. Mix for about 5 minutes. The dough should be relatively firm and not too sticky by the end and formed into one nice ball.
  8. Transfer the ball of dough to a greased bowl, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size (about an hour).
  9. Once risen, punch the dough down on a countertop.
  10. Divide the dough into 12 even pieces.
  11. Roll each piece into a ball, flour your thumbs and poke through the center of the ball with your thumbs. Work the dough around your thumbs until the center hole is about 1½-2 inches wide. Set the bagels onto a greased baking sheet and cover with a towel. Let the bagels rest for 20-30 minutes.
  12. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  13. Add the baking soda to the pot once boiling.
  14. Carefully drop in 2 bagels at a time, boiling for about 30 seconds per side.
  15. Remove the bagels with a slotted spoon and place on another baking sheet that’s been greased and dusted with cornmeal.
  16. Repeat boiling process until all bagels have been boiled.
  17. Bake the bagels (you’ll probably have to do 2 baking sheets) for 10-12 minutes until they start to turn golden brown. You can brush them with butter or an egg wash before baking for a more “glossy” look if desired.
  18. Transfer the bagels to a cooling rack once out of the oven and let cool.


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  1. 1

    I don’t have a stand mixer, is there another way I could make the dough for these?

    • 2
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Yep, you can do it by hand! Just do the yeast & wet ingredients in a large bowl, then add the flours, mix a bit, turn out onto the counter and knead by hand. You’re probably going to have to knead it for more than 5 minutes (maybe 7-10) though to get it to the state that the mixer would in 5.

  2. 3

    They look so perfect! I love fresh bagels so much. I have a variation of pumpkin going up on the blog on Thursday.

  3. 4

    I LOVE these, just ignore me while I pick out the raisins ;) lol Now I need a bagel…

  4. 5

    I am totally dying to make these. I don’t have a stand mixer (tear), but I just brought home a bread maker so i wonder if I could make the dough in there and then boil them and bake them in the oven? Any thoughts on that?

    • 6
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      You can definitely do these by hand! Just do the yeast & wet ingredients in a large bowl, then add the flours, mix a bit, turn out onto the counter and knead by hand. You’re probably going to have to knead it for more than 5 minutes (maybe 7-10) though to get it to the state that the mixer would in 5. It’ll be a good workout so you can justify eating an extra ;)

  5. 7

    I’m not a raisin fan, but I am a hyooooge pumpkin and bagel fan! I didn’t know making homemade bagels wasn’t as scary as I imagined. These are a gotta try!

  6. 9

    These look incredible!!!

  7. 10

    YES!!!! these look perfect

  8. 11

    UPDATE–just made these and they’re total heaven. I can’t believe I actually made bagels eeeeek! Thanks so much for the inspiration, Gina :)

    • 12
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you like them :) Doesn’t it feel bad ass making bagels?! I was like “boom, I did that!”

  9. 13

    Forgot to rate them…here ya go!

  10. 14

    Bagels are on my bucket list too. Bring on the carbs!

  11. 15

    I have been wanting to try to make homemade bagels for years now – I think you’ve just convinced me to try asap!!

  12. 17

    Look delicious… has anyone tried these with coconut or almond flour?

    • 18
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I’d google paleo bagel recipes if that’s what you’re looking to do with these. This recipe is really suited for yeast + normal flours. I don’t think subbing almond or coconut flour here would work well without major adaptations.

  13. 19

    Gina! These are the best selfmade Bagels I’ve ever done! (And I’m a bit snobbish, since I lived in New York for a while). Thanks so much!!!

    • 20
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Awesome! So glad you like them. A fellow NYérs approval is quite the compliment when it comes to bagels ;)

  14. 21

    So easy, and they came out so good. The only thing is, there is not much flavor in the bagel but it is relatively mild, so make sure you have something between the two sides. If not, I would put more spices and sugar in it. But, regardless, mine came out amazing. Thanks!


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