Photos: Molecularly engineered water has New York-style bagels on the rise at Gather

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Baked to perfection: The last of the everything and poppy seed bagels emerge from the oven.

Pollack bakes between 100 and 150 bagels every morning at Gather, and this week added a smoked venison bagel dog to the lunch menu. He plans to continue expanding his offerings with gluten-free, whole wheat and bialys in the near future.

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New lunch menu item -- the bagel dog made with smoked venison sausage.
Watch for more on Gather later today on Cafe Society.

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1062 Delaware St., Denver, CO

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How about someone figure out how to make the old "hard" rolls that you could get in Denver - specifically North Denver?  They were not regular hard rolls (not as hard) and not like a usual soft roll.  They were always referred to as hard rolls.  They are also essential to a good homemade sausage or meatball sandwich.


I have dearly missed bialys since I moved away from upstate NY.  Will have to check these out!

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"Molecularly engineered water"

Someone flunked high school chemistry.


Surely the Denver altitude would make a much bigger difference than the water. The reduced air pressure reduced the temperature at which water boils, the way CO2 pockets form as the dough rises, and the way the dough responds in the oven. A few micrograms of East river sewage and industrial pollutants, or whatever the supposed secret is in the water, is angels on the head of a pin stuff in comparison.


Anyone who is familiar with NY bagels tried these yet?  I've always heard that the water in NYC is the key to the bagels (and NY-style pizza dough) and wondered why no one has tried this.  If it works, that's pretty amazingly awesome.


@tcs_ahp Valid point, but my experience with baking at altitude is that you can account for all of the effects by adjusting your techniques and get very close to what you'd get at sea level (I've baked in Colorado and New England).  If you do that, then you're left with the other factors and urban legend is that the water is the big one.  


@monopod As a nativer NYer and someone who loads up on my fix every time I am back home, the Bagels at Gather are awesome and certainly the best in Colorado. Well Done Josh and Thanks!

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