I know these Sandwich Rounds may look kind of like bagels, but they’re not. They’re no-knead focaccia in an “Everything But The Bagel” disguise! That’s right, it’s my same no-knead focaccia dough in a convenient single-serving round shape and topped with a delicious dose of Everything But The Bagel seasoning. Perfect for building epic homemade sandwiches and WAY easier than making actual bagels!
What is Everything But the Bagel Seasoning?
“Everything but the bagel” seasoning is that same chunky mix of dried onion, garlic, salt, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds that you find on top of an “everything” flavored bagel. This seasoning is super delish and adds tons of flavor and texture wherever it’s sprinkled! It was popularized by Trader Joe’s a few years back and can now be found in just about every grocery store (I got mine at ALDI). But if you can’t find it at your local store, here’s a recipe for homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning from Two Peas & Their Pod.
What is the Texture of This Bread?
Since this is made with the same dough as my No-Knead Focaccia, it’s definitely a more “sturdy” bread. If you’re into soft white bread, this isn’t the recipe for you. This bread is for those that like bread that can stand up to their sandwich toppings without getting soggy. A bread that can handle being doused in Italian dressing. These sandwich rounds won’t bow under pressure!
Can I Use Whole Wheat Flour?
I’ve had success making my no-knead focaccia with up to ½ of the all-purpose flour replaced with whole wheat, but when you go beyond that the bread does tend to get really dense. Even with ½ whole wheat you’re probably going to need to increase the water a bit, as whole wheat flour tends to absorb more moisture.
These Sandwich Rounds Are Freezer Friendly
One of the best parts about making your own bread is that you can keep in the freezer and have fresh, homemade bread on hand all the time. To store your sandwich rounds in the freezer, make sure to let them cool to room temperature first. Then transfer them to a gallon-sized freezer bag and place them in the freezer. They’ll be good for about three months. To thaw, either let them sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, or microwave for about 30 seconds. Otherwise, they’ll be good in the fridge for about 3-4 days (air-tight container).
“Everything But the Bagel” Sandwich Rounds
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus some for dusting) ($0.30)
- 3/4 tsp salt ($0.03)
- 1 tsp instant yeast (or bread machine yeast) ($0.45)
- 1.25 cups water ($0.00)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
- 2 Tbsp Everything But The Bagel Seasoning ($0.60)
- Combine the flour, salt, and yeast in a bowl and stir until very well combined.
- Add the water and olive oil and stir until a sticky ball of dough forms. There should be no dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl.
- Loosley cover the bowl and let it sit at room temperature for two hours, or until the dough has doubled in size and is very fluffy and bubbly in texture.
- Sprinkle some flour on top of the dough and use your hands to scrape it down off the sides of the bowl. Dump the dough out onto a floured surface. The dough will be very loose and sticky, so use flour to keep it from sticking to your hands and work surface.
- Divide the dough into six pieces, then shape each into a ball. Use a rolling pin to flatten each ball into a 4 to 5-inch diameter circle. Place the flattened circles on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Brush a thin layer of water on top of each round, then sprinkle about one teaspoon of Everything But the Bagel Seasoning onto each one. Let the sandwich rounds rise for 30 minutes.
- Toward the end of the rise time, begin preheating the oven to 400ºF. Use your fingers to press dimples down into each sandwich round (this helps them stay flat as they bake).
- Once the oven is fully preheated, transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake the sandwich rounds for about 25 minutes, or until they're golden brown.
- Remove them from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. The crust may seem really hard immediately after they come out of the oven, but they will soften as they cool. Once cooled serve or store in the refrigerator (3-4 days) or freezer (3 months), in an air-tight container.
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How to Make EBTB Sandwich Rounds – Step by Step Photos
Stir together 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 tsp instant yeast (or bread machine yeast) and ¾ tsp salt. Make sure they’re very well combined.
Add 1.25 cups water and 1 Tbsp olive oil.
Stir until it forms a sticky ball of dough. There should be no dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl. Loosely cover the dough and let it rise at room temperature for two hours.
After two hours the dough should have doubled in size and should be very fluffy and bubbly in texture. Sprinkle some flour on top to keep it from sticking (because it WILL be sticky), then use your hands to scrape it off the sides of the bowl.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide it into six pieces.
Use flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Shape each piece into a ball, then use a rolling pin to roll it into a flattened circle about 4 to 5-inches in diameter.
Place the flattened rounds onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush a thin layer of water on top of each one (this helps the seasoning stick).
Sprinkle about one teaspoon of Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on top of each round. Let the rounds rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Toward the end of the rise time, begin preheating the oven to 400ºF. Once risen, use your fingers to press dimples into the sandwich rounds. This helps them stay flat as they bake.
Bake the sandwich rounds in the fully preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Transfer the sandwich rounds to a cooling rack to cool until room temperature, then serve or save for later! Once cooled, I keep mine in an air-tight container either in the refrigerator for a few days, or in the freezer for up to about 3 months.