I do have a bread maker and I use it when I need to make a lot of bread, but more and more right now I am making bread by hand. Well, sort of by hand. I have to confess that I cheat and get Thermione to do the hardest bit, the kneading. It's so effortless. Bung the ingredients in, mix it all up and then set it to knead for five minutes and bob's your uncle!
So here's my recipe for what I think is really nice basic bread. I cut each loaf in half and freeze separately so I can get just half out at a time. Home made bread has no preserving gunk in it, you see, so it doesn't keep as long.