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If you've ever had one of the iconic rainbow bagels from The Bagel Store in Brooklyn, you probably understand the magic behind eating one of these colorful rings of dough. But to all of you who haven't gotten the chance to try one of these bagels, now is your chance, and you don't have to go all the way to New York to enjoy one. With this recipe, all you have to do to is spend a few hours in the kitchen to have eight of these delicacies.

Step 1: What You Will Need

Picture of What You Will Need

In order to make the rainbow bagels, you will need the following:

For the bagels

  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp canola oil + extra for greasing
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon gel food coloring of each color (you may need more or less depending on what you use)

For the rainbow-fetti cream cheese

  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup rainbow sprinkles (or more if you want it to resemble unicorn barf)
offseidjr2 months ago
Great pictures! Your writing really flowed, too.
I just can't get over how much I absolutely LOVE these bagels :D
mam let me know these are food or craft work?
dirkclothar3 months ago
You monster! I can't even imagine how many unicorns it took to make these!!! :-)
Jadem52 (author)  dirkclothar2 months ago
HAHA, I wish I saw this comment earlier! You have a great sense of humor!
sabu.dawdy3 months ago
These look lovely. I recently made rainbow crackers alternate version of prawn crackers. Do check emm out
Jadem52 (author)  sabu.dawdy2 months ago
Thanks, rainbow crackers sound really cool, I'll be sure to keep my eye out for the!
JustineM323 months ago
This would be a dream for my 6-year-old self. :-D
I would like to try this without food coloring, and instead using more natural dyes, such as
red = beet/raspberry powder
orange = (combo of red and yellow)
yellow = turmeric
green = spirlulina
blue = blue spirulina
purple = freeze dried blueberry powder

I know it certainly won't be as vibrant, but I'll do my best! :-D
Jadem52 (author)  JustineM323 months ago
That sounds like a really cool idea! It would efinitely be a healthier approach so skip all the artificial dye. If you do make them please share your results, I would really like to know how easily these could be made naturally.
That's what I was thinking, why just coloring with food coloring and not flavor? seems a bit of a let down.
sabu.dawdy3 months ago
Can we make normal bagels in this way
Jadem52 (author)  sabu.dawdy3 months ago
Yes, you could make normal bagels with this recipe if you skipped the food coloring and never divide up the dough. Although this method would work I would recommend checking out this 'ible by Matt Taylor for plain regular bagels:
rocket radhi3 months ago
So colourful