The Bagel Challenge

Posted in Baking By Ingrid Luke

By far, my favorite thing to bake is bagels. They can be time consuming and finicky, but the results are so rewarding.

I’ve been told my bagels are better than store bought. I was very humbled by the compliment- after all, I’m just an amateur baker with a mixer and a penchant for bagels.

But, the suggestion gave me an idea- what if I replicated every bagel on Bruegger’s  (a popular bagel chain) menu? Over the next year or so, I will attempt to master every bagel on the menu by trying to bake one new bagel a month. Let the bagel making begin!

Like many chains, Bruegger’s menu varies by season and location.

This list was created from the selection at my local Bruegger’s in Minneapolis. If I am missing your favorite flavor, tell me in the comments below!

There are 13 bagels on the “Standard” Menu, and I am going to try to conquer them all within the next year!

However, many of these bagels will have the same dough (like plain, poppy seed and sesame seed), so I am also going to try to some of the seasonal bagels.

My goal? A baker’s dozen- 13 different recipes for delicious bagels. I cannot wait to begin!

I will update this post with links to my recipes as I go, you can bookmark or pin this page for future reference.

Standard Bagel Menu (according to my favorite Bruegger’s employees, these are available year-round)

Seasonal/Location Specific (these are only available certain times of year or in certain parts of the country)

  • Asiago Parmesan
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Cranberry Orange
  • Egg
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeño Cheddar
  • Pretzel
  • Pumpkin
  • Salt
  • Sundried Tomato

My husband can’t wait for me to start baking cinnamon sugar bagels- which flavor are you looking forward to baking?

Which seasonal bagels should I attempt?