This recipe makes a nice dense, chewy bread. While some reviewers didn't care for the chewiness, I like it. It's reminiscent of the texture of French bread without the crispy crust. I think I should've left the loaves to rise a bit longer in the pans to get more height but other than that I liked how this bread turned out. It's best when eaten shortly after baking, in my humble opinion. The following day the denseness of the bread made it heavy and not as satisfying to eat (which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5). I intend to try toasting it which is my way of taking care of day old bread ;) FYI: I made only one small change to the ingredients and that was to use butter instead of shortening. I also used my mixer instead of kneading by hand. The dough was very soft but manageable when turned out onto a generously floured board.
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This recipe makes a nice dense, chewy bread. While some reviewers didn't care for the...