Betty Crocker's Gold Medal Classic French Bread and Old-Fashioned Honey-Whole Wheat Bread are two good homemade bread recipes. These two recipes are easy to follow for the home chef.
To make Gold Medal Classic French Bread, combine 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and a package of active dry yeast. Combine with an electric mixer for one minute, and then gradually add 1 1/2 cups of flour. Move the soft dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead for five minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl and allow it to rise for 2 hours. Divide the dough in two, and shape it into two loaves, slashing each diagonally with a knife. Allow the loaves to rise for one hour, and then bake on a cookie sheet at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes. The loaves are done when they make a hollow sound when tapped.
Old-Fashioned Honey-Wheat Bread is started by mixing 3 cups wheat flour with 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup shortening, 1 teaspoon salt and two packages of active dry yeast. Add 2 1/4 cups warm water, and beat with an electric mixer until incorporated. Gradually add in 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour until the dough is dry enough to handle. Knead for 10 minutes, and allow to rise for one hour. Divide the dough between two loaf pans, allow to rise for 30 minutes more, and then bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes.