This recipe makes just six buns, so it's good for a small family. Or double it, if you want more.
The reason you need to scald the milk is that milk has an enzyme that can affect the protein in the flour and thus affect the rise. It's not always fatal to the bread, but scalding is extra insurance. It takes a little extra time since you then need to cool it, but I've accelerated the cooling by adding cold water.
2/3 cups milk, scalded
1/3 cup cold water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 cups (11 1/4 ounces) bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Put the scalded milk in the bowl of your food processor and add the cold water. It's still probably too warm for the yeast, so let it sit until it has cooled to lukewarm. Add the sugar and yeast and stir to dissolve. Let it sit until it is frothy and bubbly.
Add the flour and knead with the dough hook until it starts becoming elastic.Add the salt and olive oil, and continue kneading until the dough is smooth, elastic, and no longer sticky.
Form the dough into a ball, return it to the bowl, and drizzle with olive oil to coat it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside until the dough has doubled in size, about an hour (or less).
Punch the dough down, form it into a ball again, cover the bowl with plastic wrap again, and set aside until it has doubled again, about 30 minutes.
Slash each bun down the center lengthwise, and bake at 350 degrees until they are nicely golden brown, about 35 minutes.
Move the buns to a rack to cool. If you prefer a soft crust, cover the buns with a clean kitchen towel as they cool.
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