They say that bagels originated in Poland but I believe it has become as American as apple pie.
Everybody should be familiar with the humble Bagel by this time —- a chewy doughnut-shaped bread approximately the size of a closed fist — shaped by hand — boiled for a short period of time in water and then baked in an oven — often eaten with cream cheese, sometimes with lox — great for breakfast or lunch or dinner or anytime for that matter.
The average bagel is dense, it is chewy and the crust is browned in the baking. —- Some bagels are topped with either poppy seeds or sesame seeds —- They are readily available and relatively inexpensive.
Today’s bagel has a history that goes all the way back to the 17th century. —- That iconic design that resembles a doughnut — with the hole in the middle — is hundreds of years old according to most experts on the subject. —-Bagels come in plain and in whole wheat as well. I prefer the plain.
Bagels are fairly high in calories too … I think there are three times more calories in a single bagel and in a slice of ordinary bread. —To illustrate, the average slice of white bread has anywhere from 80 to 130 calories and a typical plain bagel has 289. —- Some people consume 300 calories total as their entire breakfast.
So how satisfying are bagels really and do they help to curb appetite throughout the rest of a day? — I asked myself that question and I decided to test it all out for myself.
For my test, I chose a standard-sized white plain bagel, cut it in equal halves and toasted the inside of the bagel to a golden brown. —- I treated this bagel just like I would do toast …. I buttered it liberally and slathered it with cinnamon-laced apple butter.
The result was that I never got hungry before my Noon meal.
Bagels have gained favor with a lot of celebrities and here is a link to an article that discusses that:
I have used bagels as buns for sandwiches. — A couple of slices of ham with some cheese melted on the top of the ham to make a kind of grilled cheese copycat sandwich —- a bacon, lettuce and tomato bagel …. a peanut butter and jelly bagel — the possibilities are endless.
I am going to fry a hamburger patty and see what kind of hamburger sandwich a bagel will make …. and when I am done with that, I plan to work on making a square bagel instead of a round one ….. just to be different.
That is my offering for this fine morning, folks … short, sweet and simple.