Bake Your Own Bagels, Bialys & Pretzels

Go beyond traditional loaves and elevate your bread baking with homemade bagels, pretzels and bialys.
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Impress family and friends with from-scratch bread that has no equal for taste and flavor. Baker Sim Cass starts by demonstrating what makes bagel dough different from other bread dough. And find out how to mix and develop your dough for incredibly tasty results. You'll also learn how to whip up mini-bagels, the ultimate party trick. From dividing your dough equally to poaching, topping and baking your bagels, Sim walks you through each step of making your best bagels ever. Then, add savory bialys to your repertoire. Find out how to mix and expertly round your dough, cook classic fillings and bake your treats to perfection. Finally, master the mighty pretzel! Learn how to properly mix, shape, poach, coat and bake your pretzels for that ideal chewy texture everyone craves.


Sim Cass
Sim Cass



Sim Cass is the founding baker of New York's Balthazar Bakery, where his deeply toasted, crusty loaves earned him the nickname of "prince of darkness." His work has been featured in The New York Times, Food Arts Magazine and on The Martha Stewart Show. He developed the curriculum for the Institute of Culinary Education's exclusive program, Techniques and Art of Professional Bread Baking.

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Bagels:  Mixing Dough

01: Bagels: Mixing Dough

Meet baker Sim Cass and learn all about bagel dough and how it differs from other bread doughs. Then, see how to mix and develop your dough, and get some tips on tasty variations to try.

18 min
Bagels: Shaping

02: Bagels: Shaping

Find out how to equally divide your dough, roll it out and create that signature bagel shape. And, discover how to make mini-bagels, a sometimes difficult undertaking that's made easy with Sim's expert instruction.

20 min
Bagels: Poaching, Topping & Baking

03: Bagels: Poaching, Topping & Baking

Learn how to finish your bagels. Sim shows you how to correctly poach, top and bake your bagels, before expertly assessing your finished product.

17 min
Bialys: Mixing & Proofing

04: Bialys: Mixing & Proofing

Explore the wonderful world of bialys. Sim introduces you to this cross between a roll and an English muffin, traditionally filled with sautéed onion or bread crumbs. Then, you'll find out how to mix your dough and expertly round them in preparation for final shaping. Plus, as they rest, Sim shows you how to cook traditional fillings for your bialys.

26 min
Bialys: Shaping, Filling & Baking

05: Bialys: Shaping, Filling & Baking

Shaping bialys can be tricky, but Sim shows you how to achieve the perfect nest to hold your fillings in place. Then, find out how to fill and bake them. And, enjoy troubleshooting techniques, including how to control factors like moisture in the baking process.

13 min
Soft Pretzels

06: Soft Pretzels

In your last lesson, master the mighty pretzel! Start by mixing the dough. Then, watch as Sim shows you a variety of ways to shape, poach, coat and bake your pretzels to perfection.

19 min