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Montreal-Style Bagel 101

POSTED BY Allison Aitken ON March 1, 2016

What makes a bagel “Montreal-Style?”
There’s a lot of debate about which city makes the best bagels in the biz. The Montreal-style bagel is different than other bagel variations in that it’s handmade with love and wood-fired. It’s smaller, thinner, sweeter and denser than the New York Bagel. Visually, it has a large hole and no two are exactly alike.

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Authentic. Delicious. Kosher.
Our classic bagel dough is made fresh with simple ingredients: flour, malt flower, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, yeast and honey. Since opening our doors in 1984, our classic flavours have been preservative, additive, salt and dairy free.

Method
Bagel-making is an art, and part of its charm is that preparation is done in plain view of our customers. The process starts with slicing, hand-rolling and shaping the dough into rings. The bagels are then boiled in honey-sweetened water, strained and dressed. They’re placed on a 9-foot plank of wood called a sheba, and slid into the special wood-fired oven. The sheba is used to expertly move the bagels towards and away from the fire at just the right moment. The fire simultaneously smokes and bakes them to a beautiful golden brown.

History & Fun Facts

  • The bagel (or beigel) is a bread product originating in Poland. While its exact beginnings are unclear, the first known mention of the bagel was in 1610.
  • The original Montreal-style bagel recipe was brought to North America by Jewish immigrants from Poland and other Eastern European countries.
  • Montreal-style bagels are the only variation that has been to space! Astronaut Gregory Chamitoff brought three bags of sesame bagels with him on his assignments.
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    One thing is for sure, nothing satisfies cravings and hunger pangs as much as a delicious Montreal-style bagel.


     

    poppy seeds

    Bagel of the Month: Poppy
    Poppy seeds come from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). These kidney-shaped seeds are less than a millimetre in length and have a delicious, nutty flavour. Sure, they may have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth, but they’re rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Poppy seeds have long been used as a folk remedy to aid sleeping, promote fertility, generate wealth, and even provide magical powers of invisibility!