I think I came to a pretty good compromise between endlessly kneading and a bread machine. Amelia (theharvestkitchensisters.blogspot.com) sent me this link:
It's a no knead bread recipe. It was easy and turned out tasty. Here's my bread journey...
Saturday evening I made this:
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Then baked it...
And it turned out like this!
I'm just sayin'. Amy, if you were in town, we'd be going into the bread business.
Give the recipe a try, you'll love it.