― My husband has been requesting that I make him bagels for a while now. I had plans to bake a few things, so I decided that this weekend was the perfect time to grant his request. ∙ Bagels aren't that hard to make at home. Now, I have a bread machine that's roughly 12 years old and does all the hard work for me; mixing, kneading, and rising. I've performed the dough process by hand in the past, and its not that bad, but the bread machine is such a great invention and convenient gadget [...].