I wasn't wildly happy with it, but the rest of the household enjoyed the results enough to demand I make more.
I've moved the Kitchenaid down onto the counter for motivation and will document whatever results I generate here.
For the record, the first loaf was from Mark Bittman's Easiest and Best French Bread recipe in How to Cook Everything, subbing in a stand mixer for his suggested food processor method (we have a food processor, but it's an elderly 5 cup mini version). I'll try it again sometime to see how it fares with full rising times- it must be relatively forgiving to turn out an edible loaf in spite of the many liberties I took.
Next up I'm going with a rustic loaf from the America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book.
Bread lovers, stay tuned!
Everyone else, time for a sabbatical...