It is believed the original bagel was either plain or covered in poppy seeds. Sesame seed bagels gained in popularity after WWII..
Then boiled in honey water for about 2 to 3 minutes, creating in a shiny sweet crust when baked.
Try a fresh hot bagel from the oven with lox (smoked salmon) and cream cheese.
Baking the bagels in a wood burning oven for 12 to 15 minutes gives them that perfect chewy texture