Dear reader, I’ve stumbled into a Pinterest-hole of two-ingredient bagels and I can’t get out. The recipe that has sent me into this particular spiral, technically has an unknown origin, but has adopted by the corner of the internet that adheres to the Weight Watchers plan. The formula for two-ingredient bagels (or two-ingredient dough) has hit a serious jackpot on the internet since January of 2018. Bloggers all over the world praise the recipe—which is just Greek yogurt and self-rising flour—as the high-protein, low “Point” (it’s a Weight Watchers thing) bagel they’ve been searching for. While I’m not interested in anything labeled “diet,” I am fascinated by internet-famous recipes. Plus, since this one called for just two ingredients I already had on hand, it seemed too easy not to try.
First things first: I am a born in New York, raised in New Jersey-level bagel snob. I do not buy packaged grocery store bagels; in fact, I consider them an insult to my way of life. So, if anything, I had low expectations of a bagel claiming to be made with just yogurt and flour, let alone one that had been pegged as a diet food.
The formula for tthese bagels is simple: Mix together 1 cup low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt and 1 cup self-rising flour. If you only have all-purpose flour, you can probably still make the bagels: just whisk in 1½ teaspoons baking powder and ½ teaspoon of salt to each cup of flour.
At this point, the recipe actually proved itself to call for a third ingredient—an egg—which you beat into a wash for the tops of each bagel. Not only does the egg wash help the bagels get golden brown in the oven, it also helps any toppings stick to the bagels. And speaking of toppings, that does mean we’re not technically at upwards of 4 ingredients. However, since toppings are my favorite part of bagels, I wasn’t mad about it.