i've been baking bread, on and off, for years. the flavor and texture are pretty much the way i want them, but the crust is a little, well.....crusty for my taste. just the top crust. i used to be able to soften it up a bit by brushing melted butter on top of the loaves while they were still hot from the oven. that doesn't seem to be helping lately, though.
what other things could i try in order to make the top crust a little softer?