I've never made bread in my life, so I was very satisfied with how this turned out. I halved your recipe and made one 9x5 loaf. It didn't seem to rise as much as I expected from the recipe, but it tastes great and has a perfect texture. The crust was a little crunchy but I think I may have left it in for a few minutes too many. I'm glad I found your recipe. It was the only sandwich bread recipe I could find that called for 9x5 pans.