Yesterday, I decided to whip up a batch of bagels for my lovely sister in law. As I was making them, several people swarmed the kitchen, "Whatcha makin'?" "When are they ready?". I explained they were for Laura, and put my brother (her husband) in charge of keeping them for her. He must have learned something from my notes, because he made a nice own of his own! And the bagels did make it to her in one piece!
The recipe I use is from the King Arthur Flour Baking Companion. I usually egg wash them, and make a few different kinds - poppy, sesame, cheese etc. For the cheese, I add it in the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent it from burning. Tasty!