These cottage cheese bagels taste just like regular bagels but are so much easier to make. The dough is just 2 ingredients. These bagels don’t need any yeast and the dough is ready in less than five minutes. You can have fresh homemade bagels in about 30 minutes.
I’m really excited to share this bagel recipe with you. These bagels are so incredibly easy to make and they taste a lot like traditional bagels. Unlike some of the other cottage cheese trends, this one actually tastes good. These bagels are similar to the popular 2 Ingredient Bagels using Greek yogurt but the bagels are even easier to make with cottage cheese and there is no tangy aftertaste.
- Self-Rising Flour
- Cottage Cheese
Self-Rising Flour: Self-rising flour is all-purpose flour that is already mixed with baking powder and salt. Since these bagels don’t use yeast, they use baking powder as the rising agent. If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can make your own by mixing together all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt.
Cottage Cheese: I’ve made these bagels successfully with both whole milk cottage cheese and low fat cottage cheese. Make sure to use small curds.
How to Make Cottage Cheese Bagels
The self-rising flour and cottage cheese are mixed together and briefly kneaded by hand until a dough forms. The dough should be tacky but not sticky. The dough is then rolled out into 3/4 inch ropes and pinched closed to form round bagel shapes.
If desired, brush bagels with egg wash. While you can make the bagels without the egg wash, the egg wash helps give the bagels a nice golden finish. Sprinkle your favorite bagel toppings (everything bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, etc) on top and then the bagels are ready to be baked.
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2 Ingredient Cottage Cheese Bagels
- 2 cups (250 g) self-rising flour
- 1 cup (237 g) + 2 tbsp (29 g) cottage cheese small curds
- 1 large egg whisked, for egg wash finish
- 3 tbsp everything bagel seasoning see note
- Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add self-rising flour and 1 cup of cottage cheese into a large mixing bowl and mix with a spatula until flour is mostly incorporated. Use your hands to knead the remaining flour into the dough. If your dough is dry, add in the remaining 2 tbsp of cottage cheese. I did use all the cottage cheese but because different brands of cottage cheese may vary, I recommend just adding 1 cup first and then adding more if your dough is too dry. Your dough should be tacky but not sticky. This means that the dough should slightly stick to your hands but will easily peel off. If it sticks to your hands and won't come off easily, then it is too sticky.
- Divide dough into six equal balls. Roll out one ball on a very lightly floured surface until it becomes a rope that is 3/4 inch thick. Try to make the rope as even and smooth as possible. Form a circle with the rope and pinch the ends together. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Place bagels onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them at least 1.5 inches apart. If desired, brush tops generously with egg wash. Sprinkle the surface of the bagels with your favorite bagel seasoning.
- Bake bagels for about 25 minutes or until golden brown in color and cooked through. Let bagels fully cool before eating.
- Egg wash is optional but your bagels will not have a golden finish without the egg wash and will be paler.
- You can top these bagels with your preferred bagel seasoning but I would recommend using low salt ones because the bagels already have salt from the flour and cottage cheese. Everything bagels seasoning can sometimes be high in sodium. I used a Wishful Everything Bagel Seasoning Salt-Free.* You can use one with salt but if you do, I would only sprinkle a small amount on the bagels.
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- Make sure to use small curds cottage cheese. I have made this with whole milk and low fat cottage cheese. You do not need to drain the liquid from the cottage cheese.
- To properly measure flour, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and then level off with a knife. Do not directly dip the measuring cup into the flour because this results in too much flour. Use this method of measuring whether you are measuring self-rising flour or measuring all purpose flour to make your own self-rising flour.
- Homemade self-rising flour: Whisk together 2 cups all purpose flour + 3 tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp salt.
- Air Fryer version: The bagels can also be cooked in the air fryer. Preheat air fryer to 280F (138C) and cook bagels for 15 minutes until golden on top and cooked through.
- Estimated nutrition does not include egg wash and seasonings.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.