Previously published in Examiner
Conclusion of the bagels series
Montrealers are more aware of the food they eat and how it can affect our health. Obesity is on the rise and many Montrealers are concerned about diabetes, heart attacks, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other issues related to our food choices.
We previously talked about the very fattening, though delicious Montreal poutine. Now we will turn our attention to the much healthier bagel, and the competition of who makes the best bagels; Montreal or New York City.
According to Nutriondate.self.com facts, A plain bagel made with poppy seed, onion, or sesame and enriched with calcium propionate is “low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Folate, Iron and Selenium.” There is 148 calories per single serving. A large bagel will have about 354 calories.
Differences between Montreal and New York style bagels
The Montreal style bagel is not as large as the New York bagel but has a larger hole. It is also sweeter and denser. A Montreal style bagel must always be baked in a wood-fired oven. The traditional bagel recipe includes malt, but never any salt. Eggs are added to the dough and the bagels are poached in water that has been flavored with honey before going into the ovens.
Bagels now in several varieties from black poppy seed to sesame seed (original recipe) and now cinnamon and raisin. Many other new combinations around the city are offered by different establishments.
Montreal bagels are out of this world
There is no exaggeration to the statement that Montreal style bagels are out of this world. Canadian Montreal born astronaut Greg Chamitoff, took his chewy bagel delight with him aboard the International Space Shuttle.
Other famous Montreal bagel landmark establishments include St. Viateur Bagel and Van Horne Bagel. St. Viateur Bagel is a legend often referred to in movies that depict Montreal.
It is a pleasure to go into the various Montreal bagel houses and see the bakeries make their bagels by hand, then bake them in the wood-fired ovens; the wonderful smells entice your taste buds and warm your soul.
Famous Montreal Bagel Bakeries
St. Viateur Bagels
Montreal Kosher Bakery – (Van Horne Bakery)
Canada’s Tim Hortons provides nutritional meals including bagels. For more information call – 1-888-601-1616