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Non-Dairy Cream Cheese Recipe

Dairy is in pretty much everything we eat. We’re talking about butter, yogurt, cheese pudding and even cream cheese. Sadly, some people can’t eat dairy, which limits what they can use as a spread on their bagels. We think everyone should have the option of putting some cream cheese on our Bagel Bakery bagels, so we found a recipe from The Spunky Coconut for a paleo, dairy-free coconut cream cheese spread. Whether your lactose-intolerant or just trying to consume fewer dairy products, this recipe is for you!


What you’ll need:


  • 2 cans of coconut milk or 1 carton of coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • Dairy-free probiotics


What you do:


  1. Make sure the coconut milk/cream separates before you begin
  2. Place a cloth napkin over a mixing bowl and pour the separated milk/cream and squeeze most (but not all) the water out. The final product should look like a big ball of cheese
  3. Discard excess water and place milk/cream in mixing bowl. Mix it together with the maple syrup and the probiotics
  4. Keep the bowl in a warm place and let it ferment for 18-24 hours
  5. Refrigerate mixture to set
  6. Bring it to room temperature before use and enjoy



Recipes like these make it possible for those with a dairy intolerance to fully enjoy our bagels. Share this with some of your dairy intolerant friends!

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Everything Bagel Cream Cheese

The Bagel Bakery’s delicious everything bagels (or ET) deserve some equally delicious spread on it. That’s why we’re sharing this awesome recipe from Spend with Pennies for a yummy and easy-to-make everything bagel cream cheese spread. In fact, you probably already have most the ingredients in your kitchen!


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup softened salted butter
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 1½ tsp. sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. dried garlic flakes
  • 1 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds (only if you want)


Here’s what you’ll do:


  1. Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly
  2. Place mixture on some plastic wrap and roll it into a log
  3. Stick it in the refrigerator for at least two hours (or overnight)
  4. Slice off a piece to put on your toasted bagel



So next time you’re feeling a little adventurous, come on over to the Bagel Bakery and pick up a few of our bagels to pair with your homemade cream cheese.

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Top 8 bagel jokes of all time

Why are bagels the subject of so many jokes? We don’t know, but we sure do love it. Here is a list of some of our favorite puns:


  1. What kind of bagel can fly?

A plain bagel

  1. How do you hold a bagel back?

You put lox on it

  1. Why do seagulls fly over the sea?

If they flew over the bay, they would be bagels!

  1. Why did the bagel lose the election?

He was the victim of a schmear campaign

  1. What does a bagel do when it is locked out of its house?

Call a loxsmith

  1. What do ghosts put on their bagels?

Scream Cheese

  1. What did the bagel say to the pastor?

I’m holier than you

  1. What does a bagel call its grandfather?



Become the life of the next party you attend by sharing these with your friends. The crowd will love you!

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7 New Challenges for our customers for the New Year

Happy 2016! We’re excited to see what fresh things the new year brings us and our customers. Here are a few challenges we have for you all to make sure you start the year off right and full of bagels.


  1. Try a new type of Bagel


We all have our favorite bagels, but it doesn’t hurt to switch it up every once in a while. We hear great things about our Jalapeño/Cheddar bagel. Consider giving it a try!


  1. Try a new type of cream cheese


If you’re not ready to stray from your original bagel choice, then pair it with a new cream cheese. Veggie? Salmon? Jalapeño Chive Onion? Honey Walnut? The possibilities are endless.


  1. Try out all the recipes on our blog so far!


There are so many delicious things you can make with bagels. We’ve featured recipes for Thanksgiving bagel stuffing, bagel quiche, eggs in a bagel, breakfast pizza bagels, baked bagel French toast and more. Pick up a bag of bagels from us and try making some of these!


  1. Try one of our sandwiches


Not in the mood for a bagel? No problem. Our sandwiches are fresh and made-to-order every day, so stop by on your lunch break and grab one!


  1. Give our muffins a try!


In addition to our sandwiches, muffins and pastries are some of our other non-bagel food items. These are made fresh every morning, so you’ll never get frozen, cellophane wrapped sweets from us!


  1. Take a shot at our coffee


In addition to owning the Bagel Bakery, Ken also owns Rembrandt Coffee. Rembrandt is served fresh every day at the Bagel Bakery. The grounds come straight from Guatemala as the brand specializes in direct-trade, shade-grown Guatemalan coffee. When you try our coffee, you’re also benefiting the people of Guatemala! Lucky for you, the Bagel Bakery offers Rembrandt coffee roasted or green coffee by the pound.


  1. Take some bagels to work with you to share


Be extra nice one morning and treat your co-workers to some bagels. You can get them by the bag! Our Bag O’ Bagels menu option comes with TWO 8 oz. cream cheese spreads of your choice. What an awesome deal!


  1. Take some of our coffee to work with you to share (or hog it all to yourself!)


Coffee is a pretty vital necessity in the morning. Take some extra and share it with your office neighbors, or just save it for yourself when you’re stuck in that mid-morning rut.


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Happy National Have a Bagel Day!

Lodged between Thanksgiving and Christmas and running simultaneously with Hanukkah is National Have a Bagel Day. The holiday takes place on December 11, and to celebrate, here are some fun bagel facts you may or may not know.

  1. The bagel originated out of Poland in 1610 according to most historians. However, they did not become popular in the Unites States until the 1960s as a result of America’s interest in Jewish culture.
  2. The word bagel is derived from the Yiddish word beigen, which means to bend.
  3. In tennis, the term bagel is used to describe if you’ve won a game with the score of 6-0.
  4. The reason bagels have holes is so that vendors in the olden times could sell multiple on a dowel.
  5. Plain is still the most popular bagel choice.
  6. The world’s largest bagel was created in Syracuse, N.Y. in 2004. It was created by Brueggers Bagels, weighed 868 pounds and was six centimeters wide in diameter.


Have your own National Have a Bagel Day celebration at home by picking up some fresh Bagel Bakery bagels to take home to your friends and family and quiz each other on the facts listed above!

10 great bagel-related gifts

With the holidays right around the corner, do you know what you’re going to get the bagel lover in your life? Worry not, Etsy has a wide array of bagel-related items perfect for gift-giving this season.

  1. Bagel Best Friend Necklaces (Source: Etsy)

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Show your best friend how much you care with this piece of jewelry in the shape of the most sacred food ever. Only $18 for a set of two!

2. Bagel Outlet Plate (Source: Etsy)

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Your friends can use this lovely little item to liven up their décor. We think it would look best in the kitchen and next to the toaster. It costs $16.

3. Bagel Keychain (Source: Etsy)

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This one is for the friend who always loses her keys. We bet once you give them this gift, they won’t be losing them anymore. It’s a steal at just $4!

4. Bagel Wall Clock (Source: Zazzle)

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The only excuse for being late that this gift receiver could give is that they lost track of time staring at this awesome clock. The price is just $32.15.

5. Bagel iPhone Case (Source: Red Bubble)

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Help accessorize someone’s new phone with this cool case. Cost: $25.

6. Bagel Earrings (Source: Etsy)

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Obviously you need these to go along with the necklace and keychain. Only $12.99.

7. Bagel Headband (Source: Etsy)

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Got a loved one whose hair is always in their face? Get them this stylish headpiece that will change their life forever. $25.

8. Bagel Car Sticker (Source: Zazzle)

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So everyone can know your friend or family member’s obsession with the doughy goodness that is bagels. Price is $4.20

9. Bagel Basketball Hoop (Source: Zazzle)

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Shoot some hoops while you shoot some bagels into your mouth. It’s yours for $22.30.

10. Bagel Bakery Gift Card

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Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like the gift of actual bagels. Stop by The Bagel Bakery and pick up a gift card or two to send to your favorite loved ones.

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Eggs in a Bagel

You’ve probably heard of eggs in basket before. You cut a hole out of the middle of a piece of toast and cook an egg inside. When you cut into the toast, the yolk spreads out and the toast soaks it up. Yum! Now imagine that with a bagel! It’s really simple to do. Here’s what you need:


  1. A Bagel Bakery bagel (plain, onion, or poppy seed work best). Make sure to cut it in half.
  2. One tablespoon of butter
  3. Two eggs
  4. Salt and pepper and any other spices you deem necessary for taste


Here’s what you do:


  1. Put the butter in a skillet over medium heat and let it melt
  2. Place the two separate bagel halves on the skillet
  3. Crack one egg in each of the bagel holes
  4. Season it with salt and pepper or other spices
  5. Cook until egg is to your liking


Cooking the bagel this way ensures that you’ll get a nice crispy bagel and a soft runny egg. It’s the perfect combination for your morning meal.

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Throw the Best Bagel Brunch on the Block

Ah, Brunch. It’s one of – if not, the – most looked forward to meal of the week. After a long couple of days of working hard and focusing on your career or school, it’s nice to have morning catching up with your closest friends over your favorite breakfast foods.

Save the hassle of finding a brunch spot you’ll all enjoy and host your very own bagel brunch. It’s really quite simple to do.

First, go out to the Bagel Bakery in the morning and get at least a dozen bagels. Make sure there’s a variety! While you’re there, pick up some tubs of our cream cheese as well.

When you get home, set up a bagel station by slicing them up and putting them on a platter. Make sure to set up the toaster near the platter so that your guests can choose whether or not to toast their bagels.

Next, take the cream cheese out of the packaging and put it into a bowl. This is more aesthetically pleasing, and it will also help the cream cheese soften quicker. In addition to the cream cheese, you should set up some bowls of vegetables and fruits. This includes (but isn’t limited to) lemons, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and berries. Finally, set out some smoked salmon or other smoked fish.

Set out all of these ingredients on a long table, and you’ve just created the ultimate bagel buffet for you and your friends to enjoy for your next weekend brunch.

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Thanksgiving Bagel Stuffing

Halloween is over, which means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Thanksgiving is a great time of year where you can eat turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, mac and cheese, bagels, rolls, cranberry sauce. Yes, we said bagels. Follow this recipe from Momtastic to incorporate Bagel Bakery bagels into a yummy bagel stuffing.


What you need:


  • Olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups roughly chopped button mushrooms
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 Bagel Bakery whole wheat bagels, cut into small cubes
  • ¾ cup vegetable stock or broth
  • Salt and pepper


What to do:


  1. Pour olive oil in a medium–sized pan and heat the over medium heat.


  1. Cook the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots over medium-high heat once the oil has warmed. Cook until the onions begin to brown, which will take about 4 minutes.


  1. Add more olive oil, mushrooms and herbs. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are browning


  1. Pour ¼ the vegetable stock or broth into the pan. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape any bits of food off the bottom of the pan.


  1. Place the cut bagels in a large mixing bowl and pour the mixture from the pan over them.  Add the remaining ½ cup of broth.


  1. Season dish with salt and pepper, and let the dish sit for at least 2 hours.


  1. Heat before serving.
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How To Health-ify Your Bagel

Bagels are notoriously known for their carbs, but did you know there are several ways to turn your bagel into a healthy snack?


To start, try our whole wheat bagels! Whole wheat has extra fiber, which will keep you feeling fuller longer. They also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and help redistribute fat, according to this article on Health.


Next, consider what you’re putting on your bagel. Consider putting peanut butter instead of cream cheese. Peanut butter has more protein than other spreads, which makes it a good substitute.


If you’re allergic to peanuts or just aren’t a fan of peanut butter, try avocado. Avocado is full of good vitamins, potassium, fiber and healthy fats. Lox is also something to consider. Lox is smoked salmon, so it is full of protein and goes great with plain cream cheese.


In addition to the spread, consider other toppings you can put on your bagel. Nuts, veggies and fruits are always great toppings!