Success! This bread is amazing, it's perfect, it is the champion of easy bread! Hell, it's the champion of some fancy breads too. This time I baked it for 30 minutes, lid on, but then only 5-6 minutes lid off. It may just be my oven, but yesterday I had pumpernickel-looking loaf after 15 minutes. I should have learned by now to trust my gut, not the directions. Especially if you've been baking for a while, you know how most things should look. Anyway, I love this bread. Everyone should make it.