I bake mine in my Grandmas stoneware, but you can make a free form long loaf, round, or bake in a regular loaf pan. Just know the free form spread a lot and will be thinner loaves.
Ingredients1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees), divided
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
DirectionsDissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water with a good pinch of the sugar. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and remaining sugar. Add the yeast mixture and second cup of water; stir until combined. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour. Divide dough in half. Place each half in a greased 1-qt. round casserole or ovenproof bowl. If making free form loaves give extra dusting of flour and shape; bake on parchment. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, usually another hour. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. When you remove loaves give them a nice coating of butter and remove from pans when cool enough to handle the pan.
I know i always say this and everyone doesn't have my free time, but give baking your own bread a try. It is easy and people will treat you like gold (at least until the loaf is gone). =)