Found this recipe in a local cookbook about 25 years ago. I have been making it ever since for family dinners and even added green food coloring to it to make green bread for a St. Patrick's Day luncheon at school!
In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast into warm water; add sugar, salt, and oil; stir until blended with a large wooden spoon.
Add all the flour and stir until it is all moistened. (It will be very lumpy.) Cover the bowl with a dish towel and set aside for 10 minutes. Then stir the dough 5 - 6 strokes (it will be very stiff!) Repeat the stirring every 10 minutes 5 more times.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 2 - 3 pieces. Roll each piece into a rectangle. Roll up jelly roll fashion. Place loaves on greased cookie sheet. Slash the top. Cover with a dish towel and let rise until double.
Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Bake for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Makes 2 - 3 loaves.