Beaut bagels
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Mechanical engineer, vegetarian and native Canadian David Whorrall has a dream - to make WA proud to be associated with his bagels.

"Even though I sound Canadian, we (wife Didi and daughter Neena) want to put Perth on the map and create a WA bagel that represents Australia . . . a little like when people visit New York and the first thing they want to try is its bagel," he said.

Mr Whorrall launched his business, Sweet Dream Foods, earlier this year after finding a niche in the market for flavour-infused bagels.

"Our bagels are based on the Montreal recipe, not the New York style which uses salt in the blend. We use eggs instead of salt and I don't think anyone else in Perth makes a Montreal-style.

"We also boil the bagels in honey-water using unprocessed honey from apiarists in Cockburn."

Mr Whorrall makes and rolls everything by hand at his home kitchen before visiting various market stalls around Perth selling sandwich-style bagels.

Using unbleached flour, the range, which includes the best-selling herb and garlic, is entirely vegetarian, (vegan options are also available) halal and kosher friendly. It is also low in fat, cholesterol and sugar (Mr Whorrall is diabetic), contains no artificial additives and uses organic ingredients wherever possible.

Others in the range include maple (made with Canadian maple syrup and spices), raisin and cinnamon, stone-ground wholemeal, sesame seed, spicy Mexicana and plain.

"We've just launched two doughnut flavours too - sour cream, which evokes flavours of home, and a buttermilk and cocoa version. They contain no yeast, so they're quite dense but full of spice.

"Die-hard chocaholics will love the cocoa one. It's pretty rich but the buttermilk gives a nice balance," he said.

Find the "Dream Team" at Curtin University every Wednesday from 9am-2pm, The Pantry at Westfield Whitford City every Saturday, Perth Home Grown (Murray Street Mall) every Sunday from 11am-4pm, Cooby Farmers' Market (Coolbellup) on the last Saturday of each month. Alternatively, visit facebook.com/SweetDreamFoods.

The West Australian

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