Many, many, many years ago, I baked bread with a turbo convection oven. I followed the instructions in a book and thought that by doing so I could magically produce tasty bread. Wrong. Everything came out hard and horrible. So I nagged hubs about buying a "real oven". We bought a tiny Baby Belling oven because it fitted the little table space I have left in the kitchen. I tried making bread again and they still came out bad. Hubs probably tried eating them and I threw most of them away. So it wasn't the oven. It was me. I gave up baking bread completely until last year when the desire to bake my own bread came back strong. It started with my digestive issues and I found it so hard to find healthy bread in the bakery in my area.
I am still fearful of baking bread. In the Muffins and Scones course I attended, I had to manipulate the dough and I found I still have very little confidence handling dough with my hands. Last night I decided to take the plunge. I thought it would be a good idea to at least bake a few loaves of bread before attending the Basic Bread course. I may learn better instead of feeling bombarded with new stuff to absorb.
My intention has always been to bake healthy bread. But I decided I would start with white bread as I think it's better to start with the basics. I used this recipe for "The Easiest Loaf of Bread You'll Ever Make" found on the King Arthur Flour website.