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What better way to celebrate PRIDE than with rainbow bagels? Learn how to make fun and colourful bagels with this simple recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, plus more to knead
  • Approx. 1/4 cup oil
  • Liquid food dye
  • Toppings, such as poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dehydrated onion, etc. (optional)


  • Bowl
  • Fork
  • Measuring cups
  • Spider (or colander, tongs, or chopsticks)
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix your warm milk and sugar thoroughly.
  • Add active dry yeast and stir. Let sit until foamy, about 3 minutes. Add salt, and sift in flour 1 cup at a time. Mix until a ragged dough forms. Lightly flour a flat surface, and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Divide dough into 6 pieces.
  • Knead food colouring into each piece until you have 6 distinctly coloured pieces of dough. Gently roll them into roughly equal sized disks, and press together. Twist the dough to create a swirled look, and gently roll onto a thick rope, about the size of a rolling pin.
  • Cut 6 equal portions, and using hands, roll into a round disk. Use fingers to poke out a hole in the centre. Repeat the process with all 6 pieces.
  • In a big pot, bring at least 12 cups of salted water to a rolling boil. Drop bagels in, 2 at a time, for about 2 minutes, or until they puff up slightly and float on the surface. Remove and let dry.
  • Gently brush bagels with thin layer of oil, and let rise about five minutes. If using toppings, sprinkle on top at this stage.
  • Put bagels in the oven, and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until bagels are golden on top, and sound hollow when tapped.
  • Allow to cool before cutting and serving!

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