Unicorn (Rainbow! Sparkly!) Bagels Recipe

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I spent some time this weekend baking my favorite homemade bagels for my family and decided to have some fun, and make one batch Unicorn Bagels (sparkly!  Rainbowy!  Awesome!).  Is there any better way to start your week off right?

I think not.  Unicorn Bagels make everything better!  Especially Mondays.

How to Make Rainbow Unicorn Bagels

You'll need:

  • one batch of bagel dough (here's my favorite recipe)
  • Assorted gel food colors (I like Americolor's Electric colors, especially for something like this.  Buy here.)
  • disco dust edible glitter for cake decorating (buy here)

Once you've made your bread dough (or, like me, let your bread machine do the fussy work), divide the dough into several parts.  I made five parts, and I didn't particularly try to make them even.  I wasn't going for a perfectly symmetrical, even look.

Knead a few drops of gel food coloring into each lump of dough that you want colored.  

Roll the different colors of dough into long ropes, and twist them all together to create one striped, rainbow-infused lump of dough.

Divide the dough into eight equal parts.  Pat each dough ball flat, and poke a hole in the center.  Gently stretch the center hole until it's quite a bit larger, like the picture above.

Yes, I know that this isn't the "proper" technique for shaping bagels, but it's really easy!  Maybe someday I'll graduate to the coiled-snake method of bagel-shaping, but it is not this day.

Just like with normal bagels, boil in a water and molasses mixture, 30 seconds per side.

Place on a silicone baking mat (parchment paper, usually so reliable, can be a nightmare if the bagels are a little too wet when you put them on the sheet).

Brush the boiled (but not baked) bagels with an egg wash, and give a sprinkle of disco dust.

Bake at 400 degrees for approximately minutes.  You want them baked through, but not as golden and crispy as usual.

They do still get somewhat golden, but you still see the fabulous, vibrant color when you cut the bagel open!  

And the subtle sparkle of the disco dust on the outside is the perfect magical touch.  

What do you think?  Is this the perfect way to start your week, or what?

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido