What Is a Flagel?
A new trend that is starting to catch on in New York, Philadelphia, and Florida is the flagel, or flat bagel. Some people believe a flagel makes a better sandwich than a traditional bagel.
To make a regular bagel, the dough is mixed and kneaded. It is then proofed for at least 12 hours, boiled for a few minutes, and finally baked in an oven. This gives the bagel its crispy outside and chewy inside. A flagel is made the same way, except it is flattened before it is boiled and put in the oven.
Although it is unclear exactly when and where the flagel originated, some people say it was created at a Brooklyn bagel shop in the mid 1990s. The flagel has caught on at a number of bagel shops across the country, although it has a long way to go before it becomes as popular as the traditional bagel as a breakfast staple. A flagel is harder to cut in half and is likely to go stale faster than a traditional bagel.