In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup warm water with the yeast and sugar (or honey). Stir until the yeast has fully dissolved. Let sit for a 3-4 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups warm water, 2 Tablespoons melted butter, and the salt. When fully mixed, add the yeast/water mixture from the small bowl. Stir to combine well.
Add 6 cups of all purpose flour to dough mixture. Stir well by hand until fully combined (or use a dough hook and stand mixer). If the dough is way too sticky, add a bit more flour a little at a time, until mixture is not sticky.
Form the dough into a ball. Spray a large bowl with non stick spray, or lightly oil the bowl. Add the dough ball to the bowl; turn dough over, to coat sides with spray (or oil).
Cover bowl with a tea towel, and let rise for 30-60 minutes in a warm place, free from drafts. The dough should double in size. Once doubled in size, divide the dough in half.
Roll each half section of dough out (like making a pie!) on a very lightly floured work surface. Shape the dough into a 9-10 inch long rectanglular shape. Using your (clean) hands, roll up the dough, starting with the long edge of the dough and roll tightly up into a loaf shape. Tuck the edges in slightly and carefully place the "loaf" onto a greased or sprayed baking sheet (large enough for two loaves!). Repeat process with other half of dough and place a couple inches apart from other loaf on prepared baking sheet.
Using a very sharp knife, make diagonal slits (about an inch deep) across the tops of each loaf. Cover the loaves with a tea towel and let the dough rise again, for one hour, or until dough loaves have doubled in size. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees during the last 15 minutes of rising time.
In a small bowl, beat together the egg and 2 Tablespoons milk. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush this mixture over the top of each loaf. Sprinkle each loaf with sesame seeds (or can substitute poppy seeds, if desired).
Bake bread at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Remove loaves to wire racks. Let bread cool slightly before slicing, for best results. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 156Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A 45IU1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.