Started conversation Jan 13, 2000
This article did not happen to mention that the best bagels are, or used to be, boiled before being baked -- a very important stage indeed.
I imagine that step must be omitted when one is adding inappropriate ingredients like chocolate chips (which belong in cookies and NOT in bagels) or, yuk, strawberries. It's enough to make a purist weep.
Posted May 14, 2000
you are a woman after my own heart.
Yes, bagels must be boiled.. I know- I was a bagelsmith for three years when I was in high school, and it indeed has left me a bagel purist...
Posted Mar 10, 2005
If it is not boiled, it is not actually a bagel.
I'm living in Buffalo right now, and proper bagels are one of the things I miss most.
Also, western NYers pronouce it "baaaaah-gle"