Food glossary

A tasty bagel


A traditional Jewish round yeast bun, with a chewy crust and a hole in the centre. Bagels are not cooked just by baking as other doughs are, they are plunged into boiling water for a few seconds and then baked. Plain, organic original and cinnamon and raisin bagels are available.

Bagels are usually split and filled. Popular savoury fillings include cream cheese, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and bacon. Serve sweet bagels simply with butter or butter and jam.

To store:
Keep in a cool, dark place for up to 2 days. Bagels are best eaten as fresh as possible because they go stale quickly. Stale bagels can be split and toasted.