The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior.Bagels are often topped with seeds baked on the outer crust, with the traditional ones being poppy or sesame seeds.
It is this unusual production method which is said to give bagels their distinctive taste, chewy texture, and shiny appearance.
In recent years, a variant has emerged, producing what is sometimes called the steam bagel.
To make a steam bagel, the boiling is skipped, and the bagels are instead baked in an oven equipped with a steam injection system.
Pour and spread the mixture into a greased and floured 23x28cm baking tin.
Bake in a 190°C preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown in color and firm to touch when pressed in the middle with a finger. For the topping: Mix butter and cheese until mixture is very smooth then add the NESTLÉ Cream and icing sugar and mix until well combined.
Contrary to some beliefs, the bagel was not created in the shape of a stirrup to commemorate the victory of Poland's King John III Sobieski over the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vienna in 1683.