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The Traditional Cooking Step Some Bagel Makers Have Stopped Following

Although boiling bread was necessary for Jewish people in the ninth century to be able to enjoy it, there are actually a lot of reasons why this process works and remains mostly unchanged. Balinska says in her book that boiling bagels helps them hold their shape when they get baked in the oven and the starch in the dough gelatinizes from the heat, leading to the shiny exterior that bagels are known for. She also says that boiling bagels is an extremely crucial step in the process, with every bagel maker having their own rule for how long to boil a bagel.

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