I consider myself a good cook. I've made plenty of different types of bread, and very few came out with bad results, but I'm still not great at it. I've been practicing with white bread, with the idea of eventually haveing it for sandwiches and toast. I'm getting better, but I still need to improve. A couple of time the bread didn't rise as it was supposed to. Other times it rose fine, but it was still too dense. I'm getting my recipes from allrecipes.com.
Do any of you have a tried and true recipe? What flour do you buy for basic white bread? Does it matter if that flour is a less expensive store brand? I suspect my problem is in the kneading process, my dough never looks like it would on a TV cooking show. Any tips on kneading?
No advice is too basic for me.