I came to this recipe by playing with different proportions of ingredients from other recipes. I have found this recipe to be consistently good, with a hearty but not too-heavy texture. It slices beautifully, and is wonderful made as dinner rolls or bread sticks, too. If you use active dry yeast instead of instant (rapid rise) yeast, then you will need to proof your yeast in a little bit of the water before adding it in to the mixture. The cooking time reflects baking and rising time too. The prep time is the actual mixing and kneading time.