I must say I was very pleased with the results of my bread machine experiment! I was dubious as to whether or not the "French" setting would make a difference, but it really does! For one, even though I used the setting for the smaller loaf, it turned out MASSIVE!
here's a view of it inside the bread machine...see how close it is to the window on the top?
I put my travel mug next to it here for scale
and this is so you can see just how big it turned out! Now that's tall!
Besides being a big, gi-normous loaf of bread, it's also very light and fluffy with lots of nooks & crannies for butter to melt into
...and then it just melts in your mouth ~ EXCELLENT!
The lasagna was also pretty darn good, if I may say so myself. I also made a giant pan of this, but on purpose so I'd have leftovers to freeze...
I mean, really....who wouldn't want more of this meaty, cheesy goodness?