Anyway, in a truly monumental (even for me) bout of laziness last week, I decided it was too much of a pain in the ass to travel 0.4 miles (seven minutes walking according to Google Maps, by the way) to buy a loaf of bread to go with some minestrone I was making. And because I ended up finding some yeast packets way in the back of the cupboard (estimated age: five years), I decided to devise the absolute easiest and fastest home-baked bread possible. After cherry-picking from a few of the most streamlined ones, I managed to whittle the entire process, from measuring the flour to taking the bread out of the oven, down to 1 hour and 25 minutes. The end product, while perhaps not the exquisite interplay of crunch, give, and chew that typifies truly great breads, was for sure a damn good loaf with beautifully browned and crisp crust (pro tip: added humidity makes for a good crust, see recipe), good aroma and flavor, and toothsome crumb. A legit homemade bread. Incidentally, total research time was equivalent to approximately 17 round trips to the grocery store.