How to Make Rainbow Bagels

Pardon me while I take a colourful departure from the usual ackee filled recipes and present to you: rainbow bagels 🙃 or as I like to call them Calypso bagels 😉

My sister in law asked me to make her these bagels for an assignment and I figured since I was already going to be making bagels it would be a great time to debut my Ackee Cream Cheese Spread.

As this will be a rainbow bagel making guide I decided to separate the posts into two so as to avoid them being too lengthy, but be sure to click over and check out the recipe for the spread.


These are all about the cuteness so unlike a “traditional bagel” I have not used malt powder or malt syrup; even so, they still have a chewy exterior and a tender interior. Best of all they can be made and enjoyed on the same day (no overnight refrigeration needed).

Without further ado, let’s begin!

It all starts with a basic bagel recipe

02-After-proofing-portion-into-six-and-colourOnce proofed, divide the dough into six portions and colour (yes there are technically 7 colours in the rainbow but somehow indigo never seems to get invited to these parties).

Be sure to use gloves when doing this part, I forgot to put on gloves when I got to the cool colors and it has only taken about 20 washes for my hands to no longer be blue (I’ve given up on my fingernails) 😆
(On the topic of coloring I started with yellow then did orange and finally red on the warm side, the idea here was that if any color transferred from one portion to the other the color that I would be working on next would be stronger than the one prior. For the cool colors I started with green, next I did blue and finally violet for the same reason)


Roll each portion into a rope, then lay them all next to each other


Twirl all the ropes together to make a big log


Roll till all the ropes stick together (you may notice that in the picture that the dough looks a bit wrinkly in some spots; this is because the surface has dried a little and it’s developing a skin, however, once it’s covered with the damp paper towel it’s remoistened and the wrinkles disappear)


Divide into six again


Cover with damp paper towel for 5 to 10 minutes to relax the dough


Roll each piece into a rope


Working one at a time (keeping the rest covered) overlap the ends of the rope around your hand and roll pressing down to seal the ends.

Try to apply even pressure so as the bagel is sealed into shape its even all around.

Behold not only the technique for shaping the bagels but also why you should wear gloves when tinting the dough (don’t be like me, save yourself, wear gloves):


Once shaped, cover the bagels with a damp paper towel and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 425F


When the bagels have about 10 minutes left, bring a large pot of water to boil.

Boil as many bagels as will comfortably fit in the pot and still allow you to flip them over. Boil for 1 to 2 minutes flipping halfway through. Remove from boiling water with a spatula (you could also use a slotted spoon, I found the spatula to be perfect for the job) and space evenly on the baking tray.


Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes flipping over at the 10 minute mark.

Remove from oven when done and allow to cool on wire rack.

These are best enjoyed on the day they’re made, as they have no preservatives or dough conditioners they won’t last like store bought ones. If you want to extend their shelf life, my recommendation is to pre-slice and freeze them, when ready to use you can go directly from freezer to toaster/oven.



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Until next time, thanks for stopping by 😊

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Rainbow bagels are a colourful way to brighten your breakfast giving you a reason to smile any day of the week

Rainbow Bagels

Basic bagel recipe tinted with rainbow colors to create a beautiful swirls, give yourself something more to smile about at breakfast

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6 bagels
Author Chantal


  • 375 g Bread Flour I used King Arthur
  • 1 tsp Cane sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Instant yeast
  • 210 g Cold water
  • Food colours, as needed


  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook

  2. Mix on recommended setting until dough is smooth, approximately 10 minutes. Alternately, mix together ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon then turn onto work surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth

  3. Try to resist adding more water to the dough, bagel dough should be on the stiffer side

  4. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for about an hour

  5. After an hour has passed, remove dough from bowl, press down gently to deflate, divide into six equal portions (I use my scale for accuracy but you can eyeball it)

    01 Start-with-a-basic-bagel-dough-#rainbowbagel
  6. Tint each portion of dough

  7. Roll each tinted portion into a rope then put together the ropes and roll into a log

  8. Cut into six equal portions and cover with damp paper towel and let rest 5 to 10 minutes to give the dough a chance to rest

  9. Roll each portion into a rope then shape each rope into a bagel shape by overlapping and pressing to seal the ends

  10. Once the bagels are formed, let rest covered with damp paper towel for 20 to 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425F

  11. When about 10 minutes remain in the bagel resting time, bring a large pot of water to boil

  12. Boil the bagels a few at a time for 1 to 2 minutes flipping halfway through. Remove from pot and space evenly on a parchment lined tray

  13. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes flipping over at the 10 minute mark

  14. When done, remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack

  15. Enjoy!

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