When we think of food that needs to be boiled, we often first think of noodles, corn or vegetables. But, why would you boil a piece of bread? According to the expert bakers at The Bagel Bakery, if there’s no boil, there’s no real bagel.

Boiling a bagel before baking it creates a delicious crunchiness on the outside and chewy toughness on the inside. Bagels are typically boiled for 30 to 60 seconds, and the longer the boil, the thicker the outside of the bagel becomes. Additionally, lye, baking soda, or barley malt extract can be added when boiling bagels to give them a unique flavor.

Our bakers work long, and sometimes odd hours boiling and baking in order to ensure the quality of their bagels are top notch. If you would like to see how the professionals create their masterful take on bagels, you’re welcome to meet us at the shop at 3 a.m.! But if you’re like most people and a 3 a.m. wake up call doesn’t sound exactly appealing, we’d love to see your smiling face grab a delicious bagel and cup of coffee before work, so stop by and see us!