Combine the milk, butter, sugar and salt in a plastic container or small bowl, and microwave for 40 seconds at 600 W (until warmed to the touch).
Add the dry yeast, and mix well with chop sticks. Add the bread flour in 2 batches, and mix with chopsticks.
Once the mixture is no longer floury, microwave for 30 seconds at 200 W uncovered. Cover with cling film, and leave for 15 minutes in a warm place.
The 1st proofing is done! Divide and shape the dough.
Dust a cutting board with flour, place the dough, and divide it into 4. Roll each piece into a smooth ball. (or skip to Step 9, and bake in the oven.)
To make a loaf of bread: Roll out the dough into a long rectangle. Fold the dough into thirds horizontally to make it into a long thin log.
Roll it up from the side near you, and pinch together the ends to close. It should look like a snail's shell.
Grease a pound cake pan, or line it with parchment paper, and place the rolled dough pieces in it from Step 7.
Microwave for 30 seconds at 200 W, gently cover with cling film, and leave in a warm place for 20 minutes (2nd proofing). Preheat the oven to 180℃.
Sprinkle with bread flour using a tea strainer or a brush, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
When the sides of the bread have turned light brown, it's done! Remove from the pan immediately, and let cool.
I made wiener sausage bread with this dough. It's fluffy and delicious.
I made pizza with this dough.
Story Behind this Recipe
I encountered a recipe in a cookbook that I was deeply impressed with, but I wanted make the recipe even easier.
This bread dough is very versatile, and you can make various kinds of bread by shaping it differently! If you roll it up, you will have table rolls, and you can also make anpan sweet bean buns, curry bread, pizza, focaccia, etc. I strongly recommend making this loaf of bread.