There’s two core parts to a salt beef bagel: the meat, and the bread.These round bread rolls have been made for centuries, but originally come from Jewish communities in eastern Europe. The first recorded bagel was made in Krakow in 1610, so there’s been at least 400 years of perfecting this baked good.
Bagels are different to normal bread, though – bagel dough is formed into that trademark shape and dropped into boiling water before baking. It’s this bizarre method that gives bagels their unique texture, which is soft, chewy and moreish. As Jewish people emigrated to different countries, they brought their cuisine with them. That’s how bagels made it to the UK and America, and eventually became brunch’s trendiest dish.