Here is what you need:
Flour (probably about 8 cups)
2-3 teaspoons salt (depending on how salty your beans are)
If you've never made bread before, it's not that hard, especially if you have a Kitchenaid. If you don't you should go buy one immediately. Mine is my best friend. Of course people have been making bread since the dawn of time so it's not strictly necessary, but quite beneficial.
|A happy, thriving, yeast colony|
|Kneaded and Ready to Rise|
Here's mine after kneading.
Once you begin adding the salt and the flour the whole process of preparing the dough should only take 15-20 minutes.
By the way, turn the oven on to 400 F right now.
Put some oil on whatever pan you are using and put the dough in it. The nice thing about bread pans is that after the second rise you can throw it straight into the oven. For boules I use small wicker baskets that I have dusted with flour.
Check it after twenty minutes. Touch the dough with your finger. If the dough springs back vigorously it needs to rise longer. If your finger makes a dent that just stays there looking back at you that means it's overproofed. You want it to have resiliency but still leave a trace of your fingers indent. Twenty minutes most likely will be too early. Twenty five should be good. Thirty might be okay, but I find it's usually too long in this state.