AND, it tastes freaking a-mazing. I'm so proud of myself.
I asked Saef how she used to bake her bread and she directed me to this recipe
and it came out beautifully!!!!
It took forever though. I can't believe how much work a good loaf of bread is.... Lots of waiting around for it to rise, and then I kept poking it to see if it rose enough. I made a mistake when I started though and I added too much buttermilk, and didn't discover my mistake until I started kneading it and it was way too sticky. So I started dumping flour until it seemed right, which I guess is how you do it lol.
Here's a pic. It's squished because I'm an idiot and tried to bake it in the toaster oven because the oven's broken at my house. It burned on top a little and I rushed it over to my boyfriend's grandma's house and finished it there. Despite how weird looking it is, it's REALLY GOOD. It's super moist and stays together very well, and it's nice and dense but not TOO dense. I could make a sandwich with it. It' pretty low cal too if I make the slices moderately thin.
If I can bake bread anyone can. Seriously. Yay.