C.J.’s very, very favorite recipe for bread:
In bottom of pan: water; wet ingredients in order listed; dry ingredients; yeast;
Put a container of water into the oven to make that thick crunchy crust. Omit if using bread machine.
Knead until glossy. Let rise 3 times. Bake at 425°F until slightly brown.
When baking bread, always add ingredients in the order listed. First water, then wet ingredients, then dry ingredients, then form a well in the center of the dry ingredients to add yeast and other special ingredients.
The wheat bran helps the crust and it’s good for you.
The rice flour tends to give you a slightly delicate crumbliness to the crust.