There is something really special about loaves of fresh bread coming out of your oven!
While baking bread seemed very intimidating for me at first, after a few times making this recipe, it becomes a staple in our house.
Before putting the bread dough into the oven, cut shallow (1/4 inch) lines in the bread to allow steam to escape ("scoring the bread"). A serrated bread knife is best for this step.
The temperature of the water needs to be between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit to properly bloom the yeast. Careful! If the water is too hot, it could kill the yeast.
When letting the dough rise, I like to put my dough into the oven with the oven turned off.
If you are going to be making bread, it's worth buying a SilPain as it REALLY makes a difference.