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Spring Hill Bagels produces a bagel that is dense, chewy, moist and flavorful. Each bagel is individually hand rolled and baked the morning of delivery to guarantee its utmost freshness. Defining the perfect bagel is a challenge. Some say, "It's the bagel that is the closest to you when it is fresh that makes it perfect." Spring Hill Bagels, however, believes there is something more to the art of the perfection of a bagel. It involves the manner in which one handles the ingredients in order to create a delicious product.
During the 1950s, when owner and baker Dave Gause was a child, he enjoyed baking bread with his mother. Feeling the dough, smelling the bread as it was baking, and tasting the butter as it melted on the warm bread was a highlight of his childhood. Dave has done a variety of things in his life ranging from horseshoeing to logging and sawmilling, to being a produce manager and finally a teacher.
The recipe that makes these bagels mouth watering good originated as a gift from a friend many years ago. Dave spent 15 years experimenting with the recipe and found that the secret more lay with how one handled the recipe. Being and early riser, many bagels were produced in the morning hours allowing for his students to taste-test his experiments. This proved to be the best possible way to receive feedback.
While Dave still experiments with his procedures, Spring Hill Bagels presents the latest results of his creations at the Bonners Ferry Farmers Market on Saturdays. The Market runs from April 24, 2010 until October, and this will be Spring Hill Bagels second season. Bagels can also be custom ordered for special occasions.
It is agreed that this bagel is worthy of being called a true bagel. If you grew up with New York style bagels, this bagel will not be a disappointment. You will find Janet, Dave's wife and partner, on most Saturdays constructing the bagel display while Dave graps a couple of winks of sleep before a day of selling.
When you buy your bagels, make sure that you freeze the bagels you won't
be eating fresh as soon as possible. After they are cool, put them in a
plastic bag without slicing them. That will keep them from drying out.
When you want to use them, defrost them in a microwave for only fifteen
seconds or so, slice and toast.