DIY Rainbow Bagels!



Above : All the steps from beginning to end.


Above: Dough before and after boiling.


Above: Dough shaped into equal sized balls and funfetti cream cheese.

Hey folks. This blog entry was only ever meant to be an Instagram post hence the IG look. I tried my hand at making rainbow bagels and funfetti cream cheese.  As you may or may not be aware #rainbowbagels are the new craze…well not that new but you get where I am coming from. Anyway, so naturally I have been wanting to try to make these since I discovered them. They turned out soooo pretty!


  • 6 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons (1 packet) of instant yeast
  • Food Colour Gels (any amount of colours you wish. I used 6 colours in mine.)

To boil the Bagels

  • A whole lot of water (at least 6 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt


  1. Sift the flour into a bowl.
  2. Add salt, sugar and yeast. Avoiding putting the salt near the yeast as salt tends to counteract the effect of yeast.
  3. Add 2 1/4  cups water.
  4. Mix together for about 4 to 5 minutes. You want a dough that is not sticky to the touch but not too dry. If you need more water, please feel free to add it.
  5. Remove from the bowl.
  6. Divide into 6 EQUAL pieces. (Or equal pieces per colour, depending on how many colours you used)
  7. Cover any dough that you are not using with a damp paper towel.
  8. Take one piece of dough and add a few drops of food colour gel.
  9. Knead the gel food colouring into the dough. This is going to require some patience as it is the most time consuming step. Don’t worry though, it is like working with play dough…though I am not too sure if that might be your thing.
  10. You want to knead in the colouring until the dough is a solid colour, void of any streaks from the colouring agent.
  11. Place the dough in a warm area, under a damp napkin and repeat steps 8 to 11 until all your colours are dunzo.
  12. When the dough has doubled in size, take your first colour and pound the crap out of it. This is so that you get rid of all the air bubbles.
  13. Using a rolling pin, form a rectangle that is approximately 12 inches in length and 5 inches in width.
  14. Repeat for all the colours, stacking them evenly on top of each other, spritzing each layer with water before you place your new layer on top. Tip – If you do not own a spray bottle, use a clean, damp paper towel.

You want to end up with a stack that looks like this:


In the meantime:

Preheat the oven to 375F.

  1. Use a sharp knife to cut a 2 inch (lengthwise) strip off the stacked dough.
  2. Twist the strip you have just cut off to make the colours look all twisty and pretty.
  3. Cut the strip in half.
  4. Wrap the dough around your hand to make a bagel shape and seal the edges by rolling it on the counter top. 
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 until all your dough is used up.
  6. This makes about 8 bagels.
  7. Place your 6 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of salt in a pan and boil, then turn down to a simmer.
  8. Boil your bagels for 30 seconds on each side.
  9. Place onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.


Funfetti Cream Cheese

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • All the sprinkles your heart desires
  • Food colour gel (optional)

Mix together with a mixer, spread on your rainbow bagel and enjoy!




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