I got this recipe awhile back from Heidi, who got it from her sister-in-law, who got it from her mom. It's tasty, crusty on the outside, and soft and perfect on the inside. Also, I learned this Halloween that if you portion the bread into four bread-bowl shaped mounds, they will turn into four bread bowls for Halloween (or just every day) soup. Bonus!
Here's the recipe:
Combine all ingredients (except flour) in your bowl (or Kitchen Aid bowl) and mix:
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 T. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. oil
1 T. yeast
3 to 4 Cups Flour
Mix until the dough is smooth. Then let it rise for 1 hour. During that hour punch the dough down every 10 minutes.
After an hour, use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangle shape and then roll up like a cinnamon roll (don't be afraid to use more flour here). Place on a greased cookie sheet. Slit the top with a sharp knife. Rub your loaf with egg white; let rise 30 minutes. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes (golden brown). Great for French toast, too!
The crust is nice and crunchy and the inside is moist and yummy. Enjoy your bread.