This recipe from Smitten Kitchen is easy to follow with clear directions. It is adapted from The Bread Bible, a book I now want to get my hands on. It is a different way of making bread than I have ever attempted.
It starts with this sponge:
It ends up like this. Yum.
So, try it. Get the kids in there, too. Some of my favorite memories are the times spent baking with family. There is something old fashioned about making a loaf of bread from scratch. The messy kitchen. The warm house. The anticipation and floury hands and clothes. We live in a world that is so instant and impersonal, that it is a beautiful thing to enjoy the art of creating food together.