I'm currently obsessed with baking bread. And I'm working my way through The Joy of Cooking's bread recipes, while searching for more recipes to try. This means that you'll be hearing more about this obsession in this space.
It started yesterday with the Milk Bread recipe, chosen because of its simplicity (we had the ingredients on hand!) and because the recipe formed the base of a bunch of the other bread recipes (especially Cinnamon-Raisin Bread and Herb Bread). The loaves turned out beautifully (and so golden!), but small. Today, I decided we needed to have some real sandwich bread, and so I tried out the Whole Wheat Bread recipe. The loaves turned out to be comically ginormous, especially because apparently the recipe was for three loaves and I made two loaves out of it. But they baked quite nicely (after I removed the middle rack of our tiny oven and let them bake on the bottom rack -- they were starting to squish against the broiling element) and turned out to be a good size and consistency for sandwiches, and so I think I'll continue making that mistake in the future.
It's just lovely, at least right now. (Just wait until we've run out of bread and I start procrastinating from making more.) I far prefer this over running the breadmaker: I get to play with the KA mixer, be a total control freak over the whole process, and I get to work out some of my aggressions with the dough. It's also easier to read when the house smells like bread. It's all so satisfying.
So: what should I make next? I think I'm going to get some sourdough starter going right away, and I'll also try out that no-knead recipe that wolfangel shared ages ago.