The Bagel

Who hasn’t started their day with a bagel!

Bagel history dates back to 1783, according to popular belief.  They were created to honor King John III Sobieski of Poland, after he protected Austria’s people from an attack by Turkish invaders.

Rumor has it a local Austrian baker created the bagel in the shape of a stirrup to honor the renowned horseman, and named it a “beugel” (the Austrian word for stirrup).  The beugel quickly gained popularity throughout Eastern Europe, and, as it did so, the bagel evolved into a circular shape with a hole in the middle, as it appears today

Bagels are the only bread that are boiled before baked.  Once the bagel dough is shaped into a circle, they are dipped in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes on each side.  After that, they are drained and baked for about 10 minutes.

That little hole in the center isn’t just for looks.  Rumor has it the age old “role with the hole” design is rather efficient!  The bagel hole comes in handy to thread multiple bagels onto a dowel, making transport easy, especially for street vendors selling the doughy delights.

 

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