since last summer, i've been making the household bread rather than buying it. i know it sounds labor intensive but it's not, and in this house homemade bread has proven itself far superior to the commercial stuff.
our favorite breads include pain au levain and dried cherry with toasted pecans, both loaves are made from a natural starter. i've also been making cook's illustrated's rustic italian and their american sandwich bread. and the last regular loaf is a golden raisin loaf out of janet fletcher's cookbook, the cheese course (which by the way is a fabulous little book!). i've been rotating between these 5 loaves and would love to incorporate some new ones.
i have all the top bread cookbooks but they're so loaded with recipes, i can't decide which one to try first. does anyone have any yeast bread recipes they'd recommend for everyday use? everyday use in my book means that the bread qualifies for maybe 2 or more of these purposes: toast, paninis, untoasted sandwiches, etc. you know, the kind of bread that's helpful and yummy to have around the house.
thank you in advance.