It took a couple of absolute fails and while I'm far from actually being excellent, I'm slowly getting over my fear of baking with yeast.
Oh yes, my friends - I am finally baking real bread.
The first recipe that I tried was one from King Arthur Flour. It said it was foolproof and included potato flakes, but this fool could not master the recipe and I produced something that looked like one of the paver stones from my garden. My husband gamely tried it and nearly broke a tooth. We didn't eat the rest of that loaf.
Then I was trolling the interwebs and I found this recipe from Fork Spoon Knife. It's called Milk Bread and it has flour, milk, sugar, salt, oil (I used olive) and yeast. It's not the sexiest loaf of bread out there, but it has provided me with some training wheels. It's really good fresh out of the oven with some salted butter and it provided a really decent base for Giada's Crack Cheese Garlic Bread.
But most importantly? I'm finally baking bread!