well, you can guess where I'm going with this.
I've been making bread for a long time, in fact I apparently impressed Adam with a homemade sundried tomato loaf about fourteen years ago on an early come-round-to-my-place-for-dinner-you-sexy-thing date. No recollection. *clears throat.* Oh well, desired effect and all that.
Lately I got out of the habit. I didn't have the energy for all the kneading and although I love my breadmaker and use it often (most often for pizza dough), I don't like the hole in the bottom of the loaf out of the breadmaker (fussy?) and it smells good, but not as great as out of the oven.
Then I found THIS recipe.
No kneading. I don't know why it works, but it does.
And it is EXCELLENT bread.
Can I convince you?
Other than the obvious bits: choose your own flour (I admit I've yet to make a white loaf – we only eat wholemeal.) You know exactly what's in it. No preservatives. No sugar. No sweetener at all (doesn't need it – really, try it!)
And oh my goodness your house will smell divine as it's baking.
And you don't need to knead it. Nope, don't know why it works.
Am going to buy their 2nd book though as I reckon they're onto something.
One more; this one loaf tin rather than free-form:
I really should get out, shouldn't I.