These turned out really well - the family suggested I make these again very soon. I had made this recipe when the original series was on TV, so this was my second try at it. It's surprisingly easy. We enjoyed them with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Yum.
I also used my pizza stone and the ice cubes on the bottom of the oven. I might bake them a little longer next time - they browned a lot on the top, but less on the bottom. The bagel surfaces weren't as smooth as I would have liked, so I think I could use more care with the shaping to really get that surface tension right, so they're less lumpy.
I actually planned ahead and allowed enough time to do this without going nuts or staying up until all hours! I can be unrealistic when it comes to time estimation, so I'm happy if one side effect of having baking deadlines is that I learn better time management as a side effect of all the baking :-) Now if only I could master the layout of the blog post with the photos.....