Start with a basic recipe, such as the one that follows: 2 tablespoons dry yeast, 4 to 5 cups flour, 2 cups water, and 1 teaspoon salt. Could a recipe be any easier?
In a large mixing bowl, pour the water and add the yeast, stirring until it is completely dissolved.
Add the salt and about 1 cup of the flour, then stir well. Add flour little at a time until the dough is too tough to stir. Then form it into a ball.
Knead the bread dough for at least 10 minutes. Then put the dough in a large, deep bowl and let it rise for approximately one hour.
Form the dough into whatever shape you want. Lightly grease the pan or spray it with nonstick butter-spray.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for about 30 minutes. The bread should appear golden brown. It will sound hollow when you thump it. Wait 15 to 30 minutes before slicing. For a decadent treat, serve warm with room temperature butter. Who knew bread could be such a treat!
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