Divide the bread dough into 7 equal balls then colour each ball with a different colour, kneading well to evenly colour the dough (use gloves to avoid staining your hands).
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Divide each coloured dough ball into 8 equal pieces, then roll into long strips (about 20cm long).
Take one strip of each colour and place next to each other to form a rainbow.
Twist the strips together, then fold to meet the two ends and form a bagel, press the dough ends together to secure.
Cover with greased cling film, then leave to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180C.
Place the water into a pot and bring to the boil before adding the bicarbonate of soda.
Place the risen bagels into the water, one at a time and cook for 5 seconds on one side, then turn over and cook on the other side.
Remove from the water with a slotted spoon, then place onto a greased baking Tray.
Brush each bagel with egg wash.
Sprinkle the bagels with sea salt and black sesame seeds.
Bake for 25 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
Serve bagels with desired filling.
Recipe reprinted with permission of Zola Nene
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