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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Garlic (& Poppyseed) Bagels & Bagel Sticks - Gluten-Free and Easy!

Gluten Free Garlic and Poppyseed Bagel Sticks and Bagels are a hit around here!  I have little kids, and little kids can sometimes be picky.  They will suddenly refuse to eat things they ordinarily love.  This pickiness is how I ended up piping what were going to be mini bagels into bagel sticks.  Identical in taste, the new shape transformed them into something fabulously new.  The bagel sticks were raved over!  I've been making them regularly ever since.  They even work well for little lunchtime sandwiches when we're not in the mood for some delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese (we are usually in the mood for smoked salmon and cream cheese, but it's not always in the refrigerator).   These bagels/bagel sticks are SO easy to whip together in your mixer and pipe out on a pan.  Enjoy!

A fresh toasted mini garlic poppyseed bagel with cream cheese. Yum! 
This recipe can make a lot - I often lose count because it depends on how you pipe them out, but I love making a mix of mini bagels and bagel sticks.  My little girls and my mom LOVE the bagel sticks. 

Garlic (& Poppyseed) Bagels and Bagel Sticks! 
Makes ~30 bagel sticks

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line 2-3 cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats.

In a small bowl, combine and let rest 5 minutes, until nice and puffy:
1 1/4 cup warm water
6 Tbsp honey
3 tsp rapid-rise yeast

Add to yeast mixture:
3 eggs
6 Tbsp oil

In a mixer, combine:
2 cups tapioca starch
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour (or sprouted brown rice flour)
6 Tbsp potato starch
3 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp dried garlic flakes
1 Tbsp poppyseeds (optional) 

Beat dough for 2-3 minutes, until nice and smooth.   The dough should be thick, but still soft enough that you would be able to pipe in a ziploc bag - if necessary, add an extra tablespoon or two of water.  I find when I make larger batches of bagels, sometimes I end up with more flour when measuring a cup at a time than when I use a 1/3 or 1/2 cup measuring cup in smaller batch recipes.
Put bagel dough in a large freezer ziploc and cut off about 1/2" from a corner.  Pipe sticks or mini bagels onto parchment paper lined pans.  I usually make the bagel sticks about 4-5" long and bagels of a similar size. I find two pans works for making all bagel sticks, and you'll need 3 pans if you make both bagels & bagel sticks.

Using your hands or pastry brush, gently brush/wipe tops of bagels/bagel sticks with warm water.  Let rise in a warm location ~30 minutes, until puffed up, but not quite doubled in size.

Bake at 350 F for ~20 minutes, until nicely browned.   Remove to a cooling rack.  Once cooled, you can slice and freeze any you won't eat right away.  They reheat perfectly in a toaster oven.  Enjoy!!!

A delicious garlic bagel stick with cream cheese.  


  1. hi kirstin, i love your recipes and i know they always turn out. i'm in the middle of the bagel recipe and my dough is very tick...i'm not sure if there is enough liquid in it. can you please tell me the state of the dough prior to piping? might be a tough pipe...

    1. The dough is quite thick. If it seems extra thick it may need an extra Tbsp of water, but I recommend not adding too much because I find I feel the dough isn't thick enough then after brushing the top with water there is too much liquid in the dough and the bagels fall flat. Hope this helps!

    2. thanks! i added some liquid and they turned out lovely.