Imported to the U.S.A. from Vienna. A bagel is a dense
and chewy bread product with a browned and
sometimes crisp exterior in the shape of a ring.
Legend has it that a Jewish baker in Vienna invented bagels
in 1683. It was a bread created in the form
of a stirrup for King Johan Sobieski of Poland -
a particularly renowned horseman - as a token of
gratitude for saving the city from Turkish invaders.
Over time, the shape evolved into a circle with a hole in the
centre. Bagels were particularly popular in Jewish
communities all over Europe, and so it moved with them
when they immigrated to America in the early 20th century.