Bagels freshly out of an oven is irresistible. A bagel is a bread with a hole in the middle. Bagel is made of high-gluten flour, salt, yeast, water and malt. The traditional method of making bagel is the dough is first boiled then baked.
The first bagel was invented in Germany, Poland or Austria. The word Bagel traces its root to the German word “bougel” which means bracelet. In Yiddish, “beygl” means ring. The hole in the middle serves an important purpose. It increases the bagel’s surface area and allows more crust formation.
Interestingly, J.J. and I can recall an image of a bakery in Germany that strung bagels to decorate their Christmas tree.
So the next time you reach out for a traditional bagel or one of the more decorative pieces, which looks more like a cake than bread, enjoy this atypical bread with a hole in the middle.
Aloha -- Cathi