Making bread at home is one of the most satisfying cooking pleasures. There’s nothing more compelling than the aroma of bread as it bakes in your own kitchen.
Start with one of the simplest bread preparations, a basic flat bread recipe: It’s fast and easy to make in the food processor and rises only once (as opposed to loaves, which must rise twice) before it’s ready to be baked.
If you prefer a bread more like focaccia, let the dough rise a second time on the pan. Pat the dough into rectangles on prepared baking sheets and cover loosely with oiled plastic wrap. Let rise until an indentation is left when poked, about 45 minutes. Then make indentations all over surface, brush with oil, sprinkle with salt and bake as directed in the recipe.