Two Ingredient Bagels sounded pretty interesting to me. I first heard of them during the beginning stages of the Covid19 lockdown days. A woman in a Facebook group mentioned how to make the 2 ingredient dough in lieu of regular dough since it sold out at the grocery stores.
What Two Ingredients?
Just two ingredients is all it takes to make these bagels which have been also referred to as Weight Watchers Two Ingredient Bagels. So what are these magical ingredients? Wait for it…Plain Greek Yogurt and Self Rising Flour. Can you believe that? And you can use the non-fat plain greek yogurt making these an incredibly healthy bagel! No wonder Weight Watchers endorses this recipe!
Self Rising vs All Purpose Flour
Again, when making the two ingredient bagels you only need flour and yogurt, specifically self rising flour. What is the difference between self rising flour and all purpose flour?
All purpose flour does not rise unless you add a leavening agent such as baking powder. Self rising flour already contains baking powder as well as salt. And as the name implies, it allows the dough to rise on it’s own. Nothing more is needed to assist with that.
If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can use ‘regular’ flour so don’t worry about that. A good adjustment to regular flour is to add a small pinch of salt as well as 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder to each cup of flour in your recipe. The baking powder will assist in the dough rising, the salt has nothing to do with that. The salt is purely for taste so depending on your preference, you can eliminate it altogether or add more than just a pinch.
Making The Dough
This is one of the easiest recipes you will find, especially when making dough. Just measure the ingredients (all two of them!), combine them in a bowl, and then mix them thoroughly. That is basically it! You will need to put some muscle into it and knead the dough. Believe it or not, the yogurt and flour will make a dough. It seems as though it would make a mushy mess, but I can assure you that the more you mix and knead the ingredients, the more it will begin to resemble dough. Amazing!
Making The Bagels
Now that the dough is done, you just need to shape it into bagel shapes. I’m sure you know what that looks like even without a picture. The easiest way to do this is to separate the ball of dough into 8 equal parts. Next, roll each part in the palm of your hand so that it looks like a ball. Then, using your thumb, push through the middle of the dough while pulling the sides to create that bagel-like (or doughnut-like) shape. It doesn’t take long so making these bagels will be quick and easy. Amazing!
Baking The Bagels
Once the bagels have formed, just brush them with an egg wash so that they get that golden color on top. If you don’t have an egg, it is not a problem, the egg is only for aesthetic reasons, it doesn’t really add much in terms of flavor. The egg does make the dough look a little nicer because it will brown the tops of the bagels rather than having them stark white – again, purely aesthetics. Adding a little salt to the tops would be a great addition, however. Too much salt is never a good thing, but using it in moderation is a beautiful thing.
Now that everything is ready to go, just put the two ingredient bagels in the oven and they will be ready in 20 to 25 minutes. Don’t walk away completely though, you will need to turn the bagels halfway through to ensure that they bake evenly.
When the bagels look done, take them out of the oven. Turn the heat up and then pop them back in the oven for 3 to 4 more minutes to get them that golden brown color that you want. That’s it! Sounds pretty easy? It is!
Cut into your bagels and spread your favorite cream cheese, butter, or jams. Or you can eat them as-is. Warm bagels don’t need a lot of extras!
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Two Ingredient Bagels
- 2 cups Self Rising Flour
- 2 cups Non Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
- *3 tsp Baking Powder *If you don't have Self Rising Flour*
- 1 Egg
- pinch Salt
- 1 tsp Water
- Any seasoning you prefer, if you want
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine flour (and baking powder, if using) and yogurt until the mixture clumps to ball of dough.
- Dump mixture onto a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough by hand until the dough is smooth and elastic (approx 5 min). Dust with add'l flour as needed if the dough is too sticky.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal parts and shape each portion of the dough into a ball.
- Use your thumbs to make a hole in the center of each ball. Gently pull and stretch until the dough is a uniform ring. Repeat with remaining dough balls. *Flour your hands as needed, if too sticky to handle.
- Arrange the shaped bagels on the prepared baking sheet.
- Mix together the egg wash by whisking the egg, salt, and water in a small bowl until smooth.
- Brush the egg wash mixture over the bagels. Sprinkle desire toppings if desired (additional season, such as everything bagel, ranch, parm cheese, etc).
- Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through.
- Remove from oven. Increase oven temp to 450 degrees F.
- Return baking sheet to oven and bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes until the tops of the bagels have browned.
- Remove from oven and let cool.