I made this recipe for the first time from a recipe in my Kitchen Aid cookbook of Best Loved Kitchen Aid Recipes. The recipe makes 2 loaves, but I made the second loaf into little mini loaves. I was so proud of my acheivement, it turned out just like the ones in the bakery. It was soft and chewy on the inside, and had a nice crust on the outside. It is not as hard as you might think. I served it warm with a spaghetti & Meat Ball dinner & tossed salad. I know you will be impressed too.
1Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed bowl of electric stand mixer with dough hook attachment. Add salt butter and flour. Turn to low and mix until blended about 1 minute. Knead on low about 2 minutes longer. Dough will be sticky.
2Place dough in greased bowl, turn to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
3Punch dough down and divide in half. Roll each half into 12 X 15 rectangle. Roll tightly, from longest side, tapering ends if desired. Place loaves on greased baking sheets that have been dusted with corn meal. Cover & let rise in warm place free from draft, about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
4With a sharp knife make 4 diagonal cuts on top of each loaf. Bake at 450 degrees F. for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Beat egg white and water together with a fork, brush each loaf with egg mixture. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes longer. Remove from baking sheets immediately and cool on wire racks.