By Christine Gallary

Tribune Content Agency

W eekday breakfast needs to be functional, right? Something that’s been made ahead that you can eat on the run and don’t have to really think about. What if you could just grab a chewy, toasty bagel pocket stuffed with cream cheese and topped with a generous sprinkling of everything bagel spice instead?

With the help of some pizza dough, these make-ahead, freezer-friendly breakfasts can be yours to grab and enjoy with no muss and no fuss. And just wait until you taste them.

Making these is simple, but you’ll need to plan ahead: Pizza dough is filled with frozen cubes of cream cheese and then boiled ever-so-briefly in a water bath that contains baking soda and brown sugar so that they get that coveted shiny exterior and slightly malty flavor that we all know and love in bagels.

Pick up some everything bagel spice blend or make your own to sprinkle on top and you’ll end up with delicious pockets that you can just warm up in a toaster oven and eat throughout the week. As for variations, the sky’s the limit here. Use a flavored cream cheese or sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar on top for a sweet version instead.

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