If you really want to make bread make sourdough.
This is my favorite, make it all the time.
Get your starter from king Arthur flour, the starter is very robust and easy to take care of.
Keeping starter fed is a bit of a pain but you will learn easily.
Trying to start your own starter from scratch is a pain, this stuff has been going since the 1700's.
Norwich sourdough-her weights translate to about 8 cups of flour.
To get the real hard crust need to steam bake,also brush the loaves with water prior to baking.