Twisted Cheese Bagels

These Twisted Cheese Bagels are a delightful treat perfect for any occasion. Made with freshly made dough, packed with rich flavorful cheese, and with an irresistible flakiness, these bagels offer a burst of flavor and texture in every bite. The outside of the bagels is golden and crispy, while the inside remains soft and chewy.

These Twisted Cheese Bagels are perfect for any time of the day. Enjoy them for breakfast or grab one as a savory snack on the go. The cheese melts into the dough, creating a deliciously center that is simply irresistible.

These bagels are not only tasty but also versatile. Pair them with your favorite soup for a cozy lunch, or slice them open to make a unique sandwich. Kids love them, and they are a hit at any gathering.

If you are a cheese lover or a bagel enthusiast, these Twisted Cheese Flaky Bagels will quickly become a favorite. 

How to make twisted cheese bagels

To prepare these delicious cheese, flaky bagels, start by activating the yeast. In a large bowl, combine yeast, sugar, and slightly warm water. Let the mixture rest for 5-10 minutes until the yeast becomes frothy.

Next, add flour, salt, milk, egg, and melted butter to the yeast mixture. Stir until combined and knead the dough until it becomes soft and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm area for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and transfer it to an oiled surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 16 x 12-inch (40 x 30 cm) rectangle. Spread 2 tablespoons (30g) of softened butter over two-thirds of the rolled dough and sprinkle ½ cup (50 g) of cheddar cheese over the same two-thirds.

Fold the dough like a letter into thirds, starting with the unbuttered side. Rotate the dough 90° and roll it out again into a 16 x 12-inch (40 x 30 cm) rectangle. Spread another 2 tablespoons (30g) of softened butter over two-thirds of the rectangle and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup (50 g) of cheddar cheese over it. Fold the dough again like a letter into thirds.

Cut the folded dough into 8 equal pieces. Twist each piece and bring the ends together, pinching them to form a bagel. Place the twisted bagels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a kitchen towel and let them rise for another 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Once the bagels have risen, brush them with beaten egg and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Bake the bagels in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until they are puffed and golden brown. Let them cool slightly before serving.

Hope you will try these Twisted Cheese Bagels recipe and enjoy them as much as we did. If you do, make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Would love to see how these turn out for you.

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twisted cheese flaky bagels with sesame seeds on top
Twisted Cheese Bagels

Twisted Cheese Bagels

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These Twisted Cheese Bagels are a delightful treat perfect for any occasion. Made with freshly made dough and packed with rich flavorful cheese and an irresistible flakiness, these bagels offer a burst of flavor and texture in every bite.
Servings 8 bagels
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 19 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 58 minutes

Ingredients
  

For the dough

  • 3 ½ cups (440g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ tsp (7g) active dry yeast , or 25g fresh yeast
  • 1 tsp (5g) salt
  • 1 tbsp (15g) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) water , warm
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk , warm
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (60g) butter , melted

For filling

  • 1/4 cup (60g) butter , softened, divided
  • 1 cup (100g) cheddar cheese , grated, divided

For topping

  • 1 egg , beaten, for brushing
  • flaky sea salt
  • sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or bagel seasoning

Instructions
 

Prepare the dough.

  • In a large bowl add yeast, sugar and warm water. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes to activate the yeast.
    dissolve yeast in water
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, flour, salt, milk, egg, and melted butter.
  • Stir to combine and knead for 5-8 minutes until the dough is soft and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
    knead the dough
  • Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 1 hour in a warm area, until doubled in size.

How to shape the flaky twisted cheese bagels.

  • Punch the dough down and transfer to an oiled surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 16 x12 inches (40x30cm) rectangle.
    roll the dough into a rectangle
  • With the back of a spoon or a spatula, spread 2 tablespoons (30g) of softened butter over two-thirds of the rolled dough.
    spread butter over the dough
  • Sprinkle ½ cup (50g) cheddar cheese over two-thirds of the dough.
    spread cheese over the dough
  • Fold the dough like a letter into thirds, starting with the unbuttered side of the rectangle. Rotate the dough at 90° and repeat rolling the dough into a 16 x12 inches (40x30cm) rectangle.
    fold dough as a letter
  • Again, spread 2 tablespoons (30g) softened butter over two-thirds of the rectangle. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup (50g) cheddar cheese over two-thirds of the dough.
  • Fold the dough like a letter into thirds, starting with the unbuttered side of the rectangle.
  • Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
    divide the dough into 8 equal pieces
  • Twist each piece and bring the ends together, pinch the ends and place on a parchment paper baking sheet.
    twist and shape the bagels
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  • Brush the buns with beaten egg and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.
    baked twisted cheese bagels

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 bagelCalories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 10.7gFat: 17.2gSaturated Fat: 10.4gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 390mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 2.9gCalcium: 133mgIron: 3mg
Calories: 379kcal
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, cheese, twisted bagels

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