These everything seasoning focaccia rolls were my MUST HAVE after a hankering for bagels (but I wasn’t about to learn how to make homemade bagels).
Everything bagel seasoning on anything is basically, well for lack of a better word, everything!! I’m a sucker for everything bagel crackers and my husband lives for everything bagels with cream cheese.
We both like to sprinkle the spices that fall off the bagel back on top of the shmear.
This last weekend, he had a hankering for just such a treat, so we went to Noah’s Bagels to get him a perfectly toasted bagel – it’s the little things in life, right?
After taking my obligatory taster bite of each half, I realized that I should make some sort of everything bagel seasoning and bread situation at home.
It’s really the everything bagel seasoning mix that satisfies your taste buds, so why not try it on a different form of bread?
I have yet to try making bagels at home, though I know it can be done. Since I don’t eat many bagels, it seemed silly to make a batch. But since I was trying to mimic a homemade bagel at home, I wanted a bread that was hearty.
These focaccia rolls are incredibly similar to a bagel. They have the texture of bagels without the hassle of boiling them or rolling them into bagel shape!
I’ve made this focaccia bread recipe before, but only in loaf form – that broad, flat loaf that you slice into long, gorgeous pieces. The recipe turned out well when converted into this roll recipe, however, so I bet the options are pretty endless!
Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning
I’ve come to learn that everything seasoning means slightly different spices depending on with whom you’re talking.
The most shocking mix to me is one without salt. I’m a firm believer that salt marries and glorifies flavors if done properly and this seasoning blend is no different.
And I guess not everyone considers the caraway (rye) seeds as mandatory in everything bagel seasoning, but we can’t imagine it without the crunchy addition and familiar flavor!
In case you’re wondering, this is a perfect copycat recipe for Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. I think they’re seasoning blenders definitely got it right!
If you want some other homemade seasonings, try these!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is focaccia?
Focaccia is a delicious oven-based bread, originating from Italy. It’s hearty bread that’s moist and fluffy when eaten close to baking. Focaccia uses yeast and flour. It is not gluten-free.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2¼ teaspoons yeast
- 1 cup very warm water
- 5 tablespoons olive oil divided
everything bagel seasoning spice blend
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons dried garlic flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt or sea salt
- ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (rye seeds)
- Mix flour, sugar, salt, yeast, water and three tablespoons olive oil in large bowl (preferably in a stand mixer) until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl.
- If using a stand mixer, switch to dough hook attachment. Otherwise, turn dough onto floured surface. Knead dough 5-8 minutes. Place in greased bowl. Turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place for thirty minutes – dough should double in size. Dough is ready when you can poke it and the indentation remains.
- Gently push fist into dough to deflate. Grease large sheet pan or cover with silpat or parchment. Grab small handfuls of dough. Gently roll into twelve balls spaced out evenly on pan. Don't worry about smooth tops as folds hold in the seasoning mix. Spray top of rolls with nonstick spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let sit thirty minutes – dough will double in size.
- Meanwhile combine everything spice blend in small bowl. Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over rolls. Sprinkle spice blend over each of the rolls.
- Bake 15-18 minutes.