Now for the recipe. I got this recipe from a cook book I have, but can't remember which one. I love this recipe. It's easy and tates great. I like making it when we do lasagna or spaghetti. Toasting it with some garlic butter is very yummy, too! It's really easy to cut the recipe in half to make one loaf, too.
5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
1. In a large mixing bow stir together 2 cups of the flour, the yeat and salt. Add the watm water to the dry mixture. Eat with an electric mixer on lot to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl constantly. (I go ahead and use the�dough hooks for this part, too.) Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon (or your hand mixer with dough hooks) stir in as much of the remaning flour as you can.
2. If kneading by hand: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a stuff dough that is smooth and elstic (8 to 10 minutes total).If kneading with the dough hooks: Do the same thing but leave the dough in the bowl and kick the mixer on high and move the mixer up and down and side to side in the dough.Shape the dough into a ball. PLace dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to greace the surface of the dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double in size (about 1 hour).
3. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a counter and divide into 2 balls. Let them rest while you warm the oven and get the pan ready. Heat the oven to 375°F and lightly grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal.
4. Roll each portion of the dough into a 15 x 10-inche rectangle. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting from a long side; seal well. Pinch ends and pull slightly to taper. place seam side down on prepared baking sheet. In a small mixing bowl stir together egg white and water. Brush some of the egg white mixture over loaves. Cover and let rise till nearly double in size (dor 35 to 45 minutes). Using a sharp knife, make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch deep across teh top of each loaf.
5. Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes. Brush with egg mixture. Bake 15-20 minutes till loaves sound hollow.