Bread sounds hard. It seems complicated. Like something only our war-time grandmothers could do after milking the cows and before riveting an airplane together. But I assure you: fresh-baked bread is still within our realm. And it is the Aiming Low secret weapon. People go apeshit over fresh-baked bread and the only thing, THE ONLY THING you have to do is follow the directions. No thought. No winging it. No creativity. No talent. Just measure, mix, wait, punch (my favorite part), wait, bake, SAVE THE WORLD, as per the recipe. Just don’t fuck it up.
And just in case you feel like overachieving, like getting fancy, like perhaps you know better than Betty Crocker (I assure you, you do not), here are a few tips to help you back on the path to bready simplicity.
One other suggestion: use a modern cookbook for your bread recipe. Old-timey ones, while awesome, assume you will do things like sift the flour before you measure it. Lucky for us, modern recipes know we’re too busy Tweeting for all that.