Put the ★ ingredients in a heatproof container, and microwave for 30 seconds at 500w to melt the butter. Let it cool down to about body temperature. Add the yeast → sugar → salt → bread flour in that order, mixing well between additions.
When the dough is more less mixed, put in a plastic bag, and massage the bag lightly for about 30 seconds. Loosely twist the bag closed, and microwave at 200w for 30 seconds.
On a floured work surface, divide into 6 portions and round portion. With the seam side on the bottom, cover the dough balls with plastic wrap or a piece of plastic, and leave for 20 to 30 minutes.
When time is up, deflate the dough (press down on them) and form into any shape you like. For Heidi's white bread, just round the dough off again after deflating it...
...put a rolling pin on top...
...and press hard. (But not too hard.)
It looks like this when pressed. Lift the dough up gently, and move to a baking sheet.
I formed all the dough into Heidi's White Bread. (The small one in the photo is the 7th roll.)
Cover with plastic wrap or a piece of plastic (or a moistened and wrung out kitchen towel) and microwave for 30 seconds at 200w. You can skip this step, but the bread rises better if you do this.
In a warm room or using your oven's bread-rising setting, leave to rise again (2nd rising) for 30 minutes. Mist the dough to prevent it from drying out if you can.
For regular bread rolls, brush with an egg wash and bake at 180°C for 12 minutes. For Heidi's white bread rolls, dust the tops with sifted (use a tea strainer) bread flour, and bake at 150°C for 12 minutes.
How to prevent the bread from being raw inside
Since the temperature inside the oven drops immediately when you open the door, preheat the oven to a high temperature. For the white rolls I preheat to 180°C.
I received some questions about stickiness. Since the moisture content of flour varies by the brand, if the dough is still sticky, add a little more flour.
Story Behind this Recipe
I thought up a recipe with easy ingredients and directions, that would enable someone who has never made bread before could make light, fluffy bread.
This is a simple and easy to handle dough, so you can use this as a base to make pizza crust or naan or donuts or pita bread and more. I recommend using a clear plastic bag, like the ones they have at the supermarket.