Montreal style bagels are considered by many to be the best bagels in the world, and of course, they can be found right here at Kettleman’s Bagel Co. If you’ve never had the pleasure of indulging your palate, you may be wondering why they’re so special, and sought after.

Say Hello to the Montreal Bagel

Montreal bagels, like the similarly shaped New York bagel, first made their way to North America by Jewish immigrants from Poland and other Eastern European countries. the differences in texture and taste reflect the style of the particular area in Poland in which the immigrant bakers learned their trade.

How Are Montreal Bagels Different from Other Bagels?

The Montreal-style method adds a unique nuances that bring it to a whole new level:

  • Montreal bagel dough includes egg – which gives them a much more tender quality than water-based dough
  • Honey in the dough – for a unique yet slight sweetness
  • Honey is also added to the water used for poaching the bagels before baking
  • The bagels are baked in a wood-fired oven – The flame heat gives creates the variety of texture between the interior and exterior of the bagel

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Montreal style bagels are considered by many to be the best bagels in the world – superior to the New York style bagel that is more widely known across North America. What makes these bagels different? What’s the story behind the delicious recipe? Why do they taste and look different than regular bagels?

The recipe was brought to Montreal via Polish and eastern european Jewish immigrants around 1880. Isadore Schlafman and Chaim Seligman are widely credited with officially introducing the recipe to Montreal. Schlafman was selling bagels in a makeshift bakery in an alley off of St. Laurent, and Seligman was selling his wares by the dozen off of a horse drawn carriage. For a while, Jack Schlafman (Isadore’s son) and Seligman were in business together, but they eventually ended up having a falling out. Schlafman opened Fairmount Bagel in 1949 in Montreal’s Mile End community, and the legend states that while he was building the shop, he conveniently found an old brick wood burning oven that was perfectly suited to the business. Read more