Why are bagels soaked in water?
Bagels are boiled in water usually 30 to 60 seconds before hitting the oven. This boiling causes the starch on the exterior of the bread to gel and create a barrier from the interior dough.
What happens if you don’t boil bagels before baking?
Skipping the boiling step makes a ‘regular’ bread, that just happens to be shaped like a bagel. Boiling gives it the chew. And it ensures there’s no crispy crust.
What gives bagels their shine?
The sheen of the bagels is created by boiling the bagels in water, which gelatinizes the outside of the dough, which in turn creates a shiny exterior when baked.