In large mixer bowl, mix together:
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
½ c. sugar
1 tbsp. salt
1 package active dry yeast (or 1 tbsp.)
2 ½ c. 105° - 115° F. water
½ c. melted butter or olive oil
Gradually add too dry ingredients and beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Add to make a thick batter:
1 beaten egg
1 c. flour
Beat ½ a minute at low speed, then at high speed 3 minutes. Using the dough hook, add:
3 to 4 c. flour
Beat for another 4-5 minutes, till dough is soft and elastic.
Allow the bread to rise till double in a bowl that you lightly oiled. Punch down after it has risen and separate into the portions you want. This recipe makes 4 smaller loaves or 3 large loaves.
Place the loaves in a cold oven and turn the oven to 400° F oven. After 10 minutes, reduce heat to 375° F and bake another 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your loaves. Test for doneness. Remove loaves at once from the pans and cool on a rack. Or eat it right away!