Please note that part of this recipe needs a lot of time to prepare, so you won’t be able to eat this right away.
1 package yeast
2 teaspoons warm water
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1½ tablespoons milk
3¾ cups flour
1 pound butter, room temperature
Dissolve the yeast in warm water in a bowl.
In another bowl, dissolve the salt and sugar into the milk. Place the salt-milk mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer, using the dough hook attachment. Add the flour and the yeast solution and beat for 2 minutes on the low speed. Add 4 eggs all at once and continue to beat until dough is firm and smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs one at a time. Add the butter a piece at a time. Beat at medium speed until butter is incorporated. Be aware that the dough is very stiff and can cause the machine to move around on the counter. You can purchase rubber grips at specialty stores to help prevent the machine from sliding on the counter.
Place dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 1½ to 2½ hours. When the dough has risen to twice its original size, punch it down and stretch it twice. Let dough rise in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours. Punch down and cover tightly with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated overnight.
The next day, shape on a cold, floured board. Place in 2 buttered 9 inch loaf pans and let rise 2 to 3 hours at room temperature. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Invert in a cookie sheet. Cool. Serve and enjoy!