PBS is still running the wonderful "Baking with Julia," and I happen to caught the bagel epsoide this wkd. Now, it looks pretty simple, eventhought I have this tremendous fear of yeast. Many years ago, when I first stating baking, I attempted pizza dough, and failed miserably. Ever since then I steer clear of any yeast needed recipe. But I had recent success of baking the bread using an electronic rice cooker, and it turn out beautiful and yummy. I figure this didn't look so different from that. So I went out, bought a pizza stone, and set off to make my very own bagels. Well, they did came out, chewy and subtly sweet, exactly the kind of bagel I like to eat. But they are not very pretty. They didn't raise enough, and the color is darker than I like. I was able to light up the color by playing with the baking temperture. But I think the raising time needs more work, and possibility more kitchen temperture control. Can the experience bread/bagel bakers out there give me some tips that a beginner like me might have missed?