Grandma Sherrill’s Bagels

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A homemade tradition in our family for 30 years!


  • 9 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups hot water
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt


Mix flour, hot water, sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl; transfer dough to a work surface and knead for 10 minutes. Place dough in a bowl and let rise for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

Form dough into 24 balls; punch a hole in the middle of each ball with a finger, creating a bagel shape. Place bagels on the prepared baking sheet; let rise for 20 minutes.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil; cook bagels, working in batches, in the boiling water, about 45 seconds per side. Place boiled bagels on a clean towel to drain. Return bagels to the baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until cooked through and lightly browned, 30 to 35 minutes.

Preparation time: 25 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 24 – Yield: 2 dozen bagels



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