Multi-grain Bagel | Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Bagels are a largely popular American Breakfast food. Popularised in the 1980s-1990s, it was brought to the US by Jewish immigrants. Although the roots of this humble ring of dough are highly debated, legend has it that in 1683 in Vienna, Austria, a local Jewish baker wanted to thank the king of Poland for protecting his countrymen from Turkish invaders. Thus, he made a special hard roll in the shape of a riding stirrup-Bugel in German – commemorating the king’s favourite pastime and giving the bagel its distinct shape (source).
Bagels are traditionally made of yeasted wheat dough, boiled for a short while in water before being baked, giving it its unique chewy texture. When eaten fresh, bagels are rings of chewy, fragrant comfort food. If kept overnight, they’re equally good sliced in half and toasted till crisp on the cut side and slathered in cream cheese.
Bagels are a common morning pick-me-up along with a cup of coffee in the US but this delicious and convenient breakfast food sadly doesn’t seem to have caught on as much here in Singapore. Thankfully there are places that do sell fresh bagels, but these are few and far between.
Various varieties of bagels can be found in bakeries and common ones include cinnamon raisin, blueberry and chocolate. The one pictured in this post is a healthy take on the bagel, with multi-grain! What better way to start the morning than with healthy breakfast food? Grab a bagel for breakfast to chase away the Monday Blues and here’s TYFTFWE wishing you a very happy Monday and a food-filled week ahead (: