I am now about to publicly share a secret about bread baking. I have been baking homemade bread for many, many years impressing friends and relatives. haha.
The secret is that it is really really easy to bake homemade bread. Just don't overthink it.
The biggest secret is that you only need one small bowl for the yeast and one huge bowl for all the rest of the ingredients.
Put a few tablespoons yeast in the bowl. Add a spoonful of sugar and some cups of really hot water. Stir this and wait 5 minutes. If you did it right, the yeast will bubble up and be good for the bread. If not, the yeast is bad or the water was too hot or cold. Once is the yeast is bubbly you are guaranteed good bread.
The last picture is the cookbook I used when I first started baking. It was my mom's. :)
I would include a picture of the finished bread, but it's not done yet. Tomorrow's blog.