The first time I used the Kitchen Aid..but the second time I kneaded the dough myself. I have to say I enjoy kneading much more than watching the dough hook swirl!! The bread came out great. I think I still need to work on the shaping part, but the taste was great!!
This recipe is 14 pages long, so I'm going to direct you to Breadchick for the recipe. She added a lot of great tips for bread baking success. I must've read the recipe 10 times before starting the first time. If you're going to attempt this recipe, I suggest you watch this video of Julia Child baking French bread with Danielle Forestier.
I really recommend this recipe to anyone who want to make their own bread. It's really rewarding. Although it is time consuming, most of it is wait time, not active time. The first time I made the bread, I had a rubik's cube to keep me company. The funny thing is when the bread was ready to come out of the oven...so was my rubik's cube!! I don't know what I was more proud of!