Well, I made bread for the first time ever the other day, and I must say it was quite an experience. At times it was fun and exciting, and I felt like a pioneer woman with my hands in the dough and flour covering nearly every square inch of me. At other times, it was more frustrating and seriously, it's hard work kneading dough for 10 minutes at a time!
I used the french bread recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (love that cookbook!). It called for 6 cups of flour, but I only managed to knead in about 4 3/4 cups. My mom told me later that the recipe is just an approximated amount, and usually you use much less flour. Wish I had known that before!
That's probably why the bread turned out really dense and kind of wrinkly on top. Oooh, now doesn't that look appetizing? =)
But surprisingly, it came out of the oven smelling like bread, and it also actually tasted like bread.
So, although my first experience with making bread was not perfect by any means, it was a small step towards something that could become one of my favorite baking pastimes.
And next time, I'm using less flour.