I love to eat. I also have a complete inability to wing it in the kitchen. These two facts have led me to collect lots of recipes from other people. I hope you find some recipes in the mix that you like. Please leave your questions or feedback (the good, the bad, and the undecided) in the comment section of each recipe you try!!
Stir the yeast into the water and set aside. Mix the salt with three cups of flour. Combine the flour and water mixtures. Add flour in small amounts until the dough holds together and isn't wet.
Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead, adding more flour as needed. Knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Shape into two or three Italian-shaped loaves or several mini loaves and place on lightly greased pan with seam side down OR shape into two shorter loaves and place in loaf pans for a standard loaf shape.
Grease the top of the loaves with olive oil or butter and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, 30-60 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Make diagonal slashes across loaves, if desired. Place loaves in oven and bake for 12-20 minutes, depending on the size of your loaves and whether or not they are in pans, until the loaves are lightly browned and sound hollow when tapped.