This all-purpose bread recipe produces a crusty plain white loaf that's classic and delicious. The quantities given here yield two crusty hearth loaves with an open crumb, and is a great starting point for learning to bake bread at home.
If you're considering delving into baking bread as part of your efforts toward more self-reliant living, here's a very basic look at the difference between quick bread and yeast bread. The crux of it, though? It's not hard!