So here it is:
The Bagel Recipe
1 tsp yeast
1 1/4 cup warm milk or water (110-115 degrees)
1/4 c. softened butter
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
3 3/4 cup flour (enough flour for soft dough)
Knead 8-10 minutes. Rise until double (or so)
Make 12 balls. Thumb in center. Place on floured surface. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
In large saucepan, boil water. Drop bagels, one at a time, into boiling water. When bagels float to surface, remove with slotted soon and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
Bake 400 degrees 20 minutes or until golden brown.
This seems like a great starting recipe. I am already concocting other options. Whole wheat raisin cinnamon, poppy seed and garlic, veggie bagels with veggie cream cheese, cheesy garlic...oh the endless possibilities!