Vegan Pumpkin Spice Bagels with Maple Cream Cheese
Hello & Happy Monday!!
Fall is here, and so are all things pumpkin! Typically by mid November I’m maxed out on all things, but for now, it’s all about this staple flavor! This year we’ve whipped up countless vegan bagel recipes. We’ve done all the iconic flavors from Jalapeno Cheddar to Everything Bagel and more. So when deciding on the next bagel concept, it was a no brainer…
We have to do a vegan Pumpkin Spice Bagel!!
Before you get overwhelmed with making homemade bagels. I promise you, this recipe is fool proof! I use the same recipe for all my bagel concepts and while ingredients may have varied or I’ve even used expired yeast, I still get consistent results. Prior to making bagels I always found the process of bread making to be too involved and just a waste of time. However, there is nothing better than homemade bread and again, it’s so easy!
While many pumpkin flavored concepts can be overkill, I truly love a Pumpkin Spice Bagel! The notes are present and not overpowering and the vegan cream cheese just puts it over the top!
What’s great about this recipe, is that it’s easy to follow, flavorful, buttery soft, affordable, packs real pumpkin, has a gorgeous hue, is perfect for fall, can easily be made in bulk, is perf for brunch entertaining and is a pumpkin lovers dream!
If you love all things pumpkin, or love a good homemade bagel, you have to try my new vegan Pumpkin Spice Bagels!
Why this recipe is great:
Easy to follow
Packed with flavor
Features real pumpkin
Perfect for fall
Maple cream cheese!
Eat Drink Shrink
1 hr, 30 Prep Time
20 minCook Time
1 hr, 50 Total Time
- 1 and 1/2 cups warm water (between 100-110°F)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/4 teaspoons instant or active dry yeast
- 4 cups bread flour (or 2 cups bread flour w/2 cups white flour) plus more for work surface
- 2 Tablespoons white sugar or brown
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil, to coat bowl
- 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp vegan butter, melted
- 1 container plain vegan cream cheese
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp maple or vanilla extract
- 2 quarts water
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or (honey)
- Make the dough: Whisk the warm water and yeast together in the bowl. Cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes to activate. If it's not activating after 5 mins, give it more time.
- Now add the pumpkin puree and whisk until smooth.
- Now add the bread flour, sugar, and salt and combine with your hands. The dough is very stiff and will look somewhat dry, but won't once you knead it.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With lightly floured hands, knead the dough for 4-5 minutes. I don't recommend a mixer as the dough is too heavy.
- Lightly grease a large bowl with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to coat all sides in the oil. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 60-90 minutes or until double in size. If the dough doesn't double, give it more time to rise. If You'd like to make the bagels the following day, simply place in the fridge now. (I prefer same day)
- Shape the bagels: Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. When the dough is ready, punch it down to release any air bubbles. If the dough seems too wet/sticky, add a lil flour 1/2 tbsp at a time on your hands. Divide the dough into 4-8 equal pieces, doesn't have to be exact.
- Shape each piece into a ball. Press a finger through the center of each ball to make a hole about 1.5 – 2 inches in diameter. Loosely cover the shaped bagels with kitchen towel and rest while you prepare the water bath. (15-20 mins) If the bagels don't puff up a lil before boiling, give them some more time. Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Water bath: Fill a large, wide pot with 2 quarts of water. Whisk in the maple syrup. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high. Drop bagels in, 1 or 2 at a time, making sure they have enough room to float around. Cook the bagels for 1 minute on each side. Place bagels onto a lined baking sheet.
- Top with the melted vegan butter and bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow bagels to cool on the baking sheets for 15-20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Cream cheese: combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.
- Slice, toast, and top with vegan maple cram cheese! Keep bagels in a sealed container at room temperature to maintain freshness. * To freeze them for later use, do so immediately after baking.