Beer and Cheese Jalapeno Bagels

What a busy couple of weeks! I do apologize for not posting anything new for  quite sometime. You love me still right?

For those who follow me on facebook or twitter know that I just returned home from a trip to Pembroke, Virginia for MixedCon. A food blogging conference where I learned so many great things, met some famous people...... and had the time of my life.... at the resort Dirty Dancing was filmed at! (Sorry for the time of my life.... expect more quotes in the next post....I am a dork)  For all the details be sure to check out Thursday's post.

Until then.... here is a pic of the highlight of my weekend....


To kick my back to blogging off.... I had beer for breakfast. Just what you need after 13 hours of travel and no sleep right? 

These bagels are quite easy. They are super chewy on the outside, topped with some crispy cheese, soft and pillowy on the inside with some heat from the jalapenos. If you don't cook with beer these can easily be made with water instead. I like to use beer because it's fun and it pairs great with cheese.

We eat a lot of bagels in our family. It's my go to easy breakfast. Though I have a problem. I don't own a toaster.... yeah I know. I have a $700 stand mixer.... but not even a basic toaster? Silly really. So I make our bagels and toast in the oven broiler. And 90% of the time I forget about it and I burn the toast.

I can't even make toast!

Luckily for me Magimix sent me the king of toasters! Hooray! No one can make fun of my inability to toast bread. It's clear so I can watch my toast.... no more burning in this house again! It has easily programed toasting buttons..... all I have to do is hit "Bagel" and it toasts it perfectly and evenly!

And how cute is it?! A fun looking toaster that is not an eyesore on your counter top.

Thank you Magimix for my new Colored Vision Toaster. Breakfast made easy and in style! For more info on the Magimix Colored Vision Toaster click HERE.

After you get your toaster... make these bagels and have  beer for breakfast! 

Beer and Cheese Jalapeno Bagels


2 cups warm beer (I heat mine up on the stove so it reaches just warmer than room temp)
5-6 cups bread flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbs onion powder 
2 1/2 tsp instant dry  yeast (I proof mine)
2 large jalapeno peppers diced 
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 additional tbs of sugar for boiling


Warm your beer up on the stove until it reaches room temperature. Meanwhile proof your yeast according to the directions on your yeast container. 

In the bowl of your electric mixer with your dough hook add in 2 cups of your flour, beer, sugar, salt, onion powder,  and jalapenos. Mix until combined. Mix in  yeast and remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough comes together and is is just barely sticky to the touch. Add more flour if need be. 

Turn mixer on high and "kneed" the dough for 3-4 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. If you don't own a mixer, you can kneed it by hand for 6-8 minutes. 

Form dough into 10-12 balls. Using a floured finger poke a hole in the center of each ball. Stretch dough into a bagel shape. Set on parchment paper lined cookie sheets to rise until doubled. Mine took 35 minutes. 

On the center rack of your oven, broil each sheet of bagels for about 2 minutes per side. Or until golden. Careful not to brown!

Meanwhile bring a 6qt pot of water to a boil with 1 tbs of sugar.

Place bagels in boiling water, reduce to simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes flipping each bagel over half way through. Place bagels on paper towels to dry.

Place bagels on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets again and return to the oven and top with cheddar cheese.

Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until golden all over. 

Allow to cool before slicing.  



  1. Aw, I love these pictures! It was so great to meet you this weekend!! Wish we could have had even more time together to chat. Hope your week is off to a good start settling in back home. :)

    And these bagels look beautiful! I love jalapeno cheese, and all the better with a little cerveza.

    (And I love that Magimix toaster! So cool how you can watch what you're cooking!!)

  2. Oh my gosh--these bagels look divine!

  3. I miss you!!! Seriously, it was a fantastic weekend! And must action these bagels soon because I love jalapeno cheese!

    1. Ooops! Apparently I'm not awake this morning. That's my hubs google account name. Sorry!

  4. i'm so impressed, after travelling such a distance you still managed to get up the next day and bust these out, and then blog about it!

    so glad to have met you!

  5. Okay - many questions!!! First - how did you get invited to MixedCon? I heard a lot about it, just wondering...would love to go to something like this.

    Also - do you have to use bread flour for these? Or can regular flour be substituted? Thanks!

    1. Ok, so Mixed was open to anyone who wanted to buy a ticket or had a sponsor purchase a ticket for them. It was a lot of fun. There are conferences all over the US year round. This one was probably more fun than most. Check out BlogHer Food and IFBC they both have dates coming up this spring and next fall. I should be at both.

      As for the bread flour. You can use all purpose. I prefer KAF's bread flour because it gets a much higher rise than AP. But it's not a must.... just a preference.

  6. I would love one of these for the weekend, as part of a hearty brunch! The new toaster is pretty sweet looking :)

  7. I love that toaster! And these bagels look divine! I LOVE bagels..could eat them every single day!

  8. Your bagels look perfect! Like, real bagelry bagels. Love it! Oh, and don't worry we have everything you could ever want appliance wise, but no potato peeler. Go figure!

  9. Loved seeing you last weekend! I just wished we were able to hang out more!

    And these bagels - yes please! I could sure wake up to this every morning! And that toaster is amazing! Don't be surprised if it leaves your kitchen one day...

  10. Yum! These look amazing - anything with jalapeno is a hit in my house! Looks like you had a wonderful visit - so great to get away sometimes!!!

  11. You are awesome! No way could I make bagels and post them right after a fun getaway!! It looks like you had a blast at the conference...I totally know what you mean about having friends who get what you are all about:-) Can't wait to meet you at BlogHer next summer!!!!

  12. These bagels look and sound amazing. I've yet to try making my own bagels... they intimidate me (like all yeast like baked goods)! It was so nice meeting you last weekend at Mixed!

  13. Looks like Mixed was a blast, wish I had gone.
    Love bagels and these sound delicious! Yum beer, cheese and jalapenos!
    Love that the toaster is clear, genius!

  14. I love everything about this post! First I have been coveting that toaster for years now - oh I would love it!

    And I love jalepenos and have yet to try my hand at savory breads with yeast, only quick breads up til now. I love the recipe!

    And all the ladies at Mixed and just being there. Awesome!

  15. I love making bagels and the beer and cheese sounds fabulous. Love your photos and toaster! : )