Well, I just had some fun making bread the "old fashioned" way - a bowl, a wooden spoon, and elbow grease.
I used a simple recipe:
3c bread flour,
1 pkg. yeast,
1/2 tsp salt,
2 tbs veg. oil,
2 tbs melted margarine,
1-1/8 c whole milk (heated to about 110 F).
(Made a fairly stiff, rather dry dough - hard to knead)
Getting all the ingredients and mixing them to a dough took about ten minutes.
Then I kneaded the dough for ten minutes (timed it! - and that's work!), formed a ball and put it back in the same (clean) bowl (oiled) to rise to double. (Rinsing the bowl with hot water warmed it for the rising)
That took about 45 minutes.
(By the way, if you're not using a Dustbuster hand vacuum to clean up loose flour from the counter, you're working too hard!)
Punched it down and flattened it, then rolled it and fit it into a loaf pan. Let that rise until a little above the top of the pan, then brushed the top with milk and popped it in the cold oven. Set the temp at 400 F and the timer at 40 minutes.
Beautiful loaf, rich brown top. Excelllent texture (light & soft) and good flavor. Crisp, thin crust.
I'm pleased as ppunch. No, I won't do it by hand again, not when I have that perfectly good Kitchen Aid mixer on the counter.
This bread making is a whole bunch easier than expected. And not particularly time consuming. If you haven't tried it, I recommend you do so - it's very satisfying!