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The bagel is shaped to resemble a stirrup!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

That’s right! Here’s the story:

Back in 1496 there was a decree that said Jewish bakers in Krakow, Poland couldn’t produce “obwarzanek” (parboiled rolls similar to modern-day bagels) within city limits.

As a special thank-you gift to King Sobieski of Poland, after he protected the Jews of Vienna from the Turks, a local baker made a roll in the shape of a stirrup to represent the King’s favorite pasttime — horseback riding, and called it a “beugel” — the Austrian word for stirrup.