For the last six months or so I've been learning how to bake bread. I have always had issues with bread - adding too much flour, not adding enough, kneading problems, not baking it long enough, etc.
The only way I've been able to do it perfectly every time before now has been to use Jim Lahey's No Knead Bread
recipe, which is great - but it takes forever! Plus, it creates a chewier, more artisan style bread that has a very open crumb - not always the best for sandwiches or for storing for a few days - it can get really tough!
After I decided I wanted to make quicker bread, I started using Jamie Oliver's basic bread recipe from his book "The Naked Chef" - which got me pretty close, but I have started using that recipe only as a pizza dough. It makes really excellent pizza dough. :D
I also dabbled on the King Arthur Flour website and tried various recipes from around the internets, and finally thought "I should check Instructables!"
I came across craftknowitall's whole wheat bread recipe
and decided to try it. I didn't have everything and decided to modify it slightly - but I've made it several times this month, and I now I'm cranking out perfect bread! The bread this recipe makes is perfect sandwich bread.
In this instructable I'll try to explain all the things I've figured out that no one told me. I hope it will be a help to any of you other bread noobs out there. :D