Bakers Journal

Toronto bagel store to revive historic recipe

October 30, 2009
By MMD Newswire

Oct. 30, 2009, TORONTO – The Toronto bagel is not as well
known as other types of bagels. Toronto-born inventor Wayne Fromm
is determined to change that.

After canvassing bakers
world-wide to share the secret technique and recipe of the Toronto
braided bagel, known locally as the twister, Fromm is launching
Twisted Bagel bakery in Toronto to maintain the tradition.

While most bagels in
the world are made by machine, the Twisted Bagel signature braided bagel is
hand-rolled. Fromm says that he "loves eating bagels" and set out in
2007 to appeal to retired European bakers to share their secrets to keep the
treasured twister bagel alive. Starting at the American Institute of Baking to
learn the science of bagel making Fromm then ventured to sources stemming from
Russia. After exhaustive research and more than 4,000 bake samples, the
tradition has been secured and the braided bagel continues to be made by hand
at Twisted Bagel as it was in Europe hundreds of years ago.

Twisted Bagel is
housed in an historic building nestled in the heart of Toronto's Jewish
community. It was the city's first drive-in restaurant, known in 1954 as the
"Carousel" with waitresses on roller skates serving the parking lot
crowd. Hockey legend Tim Horton first discovered donut making in this building
when he was a member of the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team and looking for fast
food opportunities. A donut and coffee chain is named after him. More than 50 years later the theme continues in this Toronto building for things that go
round and round whether it's a carousel, donut or bagel.

The grand opening of Twisted Bagel takes place at 10 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3500 Bathurst St., Toronto. Attendees will be able to enjoy free samples. For more information, visit

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