A Taste of Bagel History

Assorted BagelsThe first recorded bagel originated in the Jewish communities of 16th century Poland. The name is derived from the Yiddish word beygal in association with the German word beugel, meaning “ring” or “bracelet”.

As the centuries passed, the bagel became popular throughout Europe and most recently, within the last century, it has become a household word in North America, especially in the big cities. New York being the primary bagel city.

What is the Bagel Made of?

Man rolling doughA better question would be – what is bagel dough? It is formed by mixing salt, water and yeast to make it rise, called leveling. The bagels you get at a bagel store are not automated. Instead, they are shaped by hand into a ring; hence, the original word beygal (ring). It is then boiled and afterward, baked. The result, a soft, circular, tasty firm of bread.

What Can I Eat with a Bagel?

Bagel SandwichCream cheese is a favorite, but many people add lox (salmon) and while they’re at it, add some tomatoes for a real breakfast treat! There are so many other foods you can have with a bagel.

You can also add eggs, fruits, vegetables, and on and on. Of course, don’t forget the keptup. Bagel stores can offer you any combination your heart desires as well as ready-made packages too.

What Kind of Bagels are There?

Some people prefer just the plain type, but why settle for plain? Treat yourself to an egg or onion bagel, or maybe an everything bagel? Put some of the addons mentioned above. Have some coffee while you’re at it and don’t forget to get your bagel with a smear!

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