Millions of people enjoy bagels daily; but, do you know where they come from? The round bread and toppings boast hundreds of flavor combinations and have been go-to breakfast and lunch items for years. Below is a brief guide to its unique creation and evolution, and how it became a crowd favorite.
The Origin of Bagels
Though the true origin is unknown, there are many theories. For instance, it is thought that a Viennese baker created the first bagels in Austria in the late 1600s. It is said that he made the bread shaped like a riding stirrup to honor the Polish king whose army saved the locals from the Turkish. Afterward, some historians predict that the item made its way to nearby Russia.
Bakeries in New York and Montreal started featuring bagels in the early 20th century thanks to their many immigrant workers. Since this time, the infamous New York variety has been recognized for its extra soft and chewy bite—a feature that is likely owed to the slow fermentation process which allows the dough to stay light as it rises overnight. Moreover, most in-state bagel shops briefly place the item in boiling water before baking to give the finished product an airy quality.
The Industrial Revolution didn’t just affect roadways and railways; mass production allowed bakers to churn out thousands of bagels a day, quickly providing the treat to a greater number of people than was previously possible.
Where They Are Today
Today, bagels can be found in just about every town in the world. Not only are there thousands of flavors, like blueberry and cherry, you can also find bagels in vegan and gluten- and allergen-free varieties to cater to the many dietary needs of the current population.
It’s true what they say: There’s nothing quite like bagels from New York. If you’re in the market for some mouthwatering originals, head to Brooklyn Bagel in Williamsburg and Astoria. If you have a tough time choosing one, grab a dozen to go. Add lox for a delicious and traditional treat, or go modern with the county fried lox, which is sourdough bread with homemade sauce, garlic butter, fried lox, cream cheese, and veggies. To learn more about their delectable offerings, generous salad station, and beverage options, call (347) 678-3928 today.