This was my first ever homemade bread, WITHOUT a breadmaker!
3 cups of bread flour
1 packet of yeast
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Mix it all together and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Leave OUT, room temp, for FOUR hours. It will get all bubbly and yeasty. Pour some flour on a counter surface - and dump the dough out. While this is going on turn your oven on 450 AND put a dutch oven in the oven to heat.
Back to the dough: dump out on the floured surface and just sort of get flour on it, lightly ... and put BACK in a bowl, cover with a towel and wait 30 minutes while the pot is heating. After thirty minutes pull the pot out of the oven and put the bread in - flat side down. If you have any seams, those need to be facing up. Cover the pot and cook 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, just remove the lid and bake for 15 more minutes.
THEN HEAVEN. It is the best thing !!! With some rosemary and garlic salt added it could be just like the bread from Macaroni Grill. This stuff is SO good. I will never buy artisian bread from the store again.