In a large mixing bowl (I use my kitchen aid and dough hook) dissolve yeast into water. Let sit for a few minutes to grow and bubble.
Add salt, sugar and start mixer on slow speed.
Slowly mix in the 4 cups of flour, increasing to med speed. *if adding in herbs mix in 1 teaspoon thyme, rosemary and oregano leaves. Once smooth add ½ cup flour at a time, letting it mix for 1-2 minutes until incorporated then adding another ½ cup. When the dough is smooth, elastic and pulls away from the sides stop mixing.
Cover and let rise (about 10 minutes).
Divide into two loaves. *Combine remains spices (1 teaspoon rosemary, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon oregano) and roll top of dough in them.
Pinch ends together and score with sharp smooth knife.
Let rise, about 20 minutes here- or doubled in size.
Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 25 minutes or until done.
Brush top with melted butter and serve hot!