I have come to the realization that bread making is an art. But, with lots and lots of practice light fluffy melt in your mouth bread can be achieved, and nothing is better than it's homemade goodness! Here is a great recipe that makes any meal complete.
1 package of active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup of whole milk
2 Tbs. sugar
2 lrg. eggs at room temperature
plus one egg beaten
6 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
2 tsp. salt
In a stand mixer dissolve the yeast in warm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the milk and sugar, 2 eggs, butter, flour and salt. Make sure you are using a dough hook on your mixer. Knead on low speed. Add a little more flour only if the dough is sticking to the sides of your mixer. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. 5 to 7 minutes. The dough should be soft but not sticky. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl. Form the dough into a ball, transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size. 1 to 2 hours. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a clean work surface. Cut the dough in half with a sharp knife. Cut each half into eight equal pieces. Roll each piece against the work surface into a round ball. Place each ball into your prepared pan. Cover dough with a damp kitchen towel and let them rise until puffy and pillow soft when gently squeezed. 30 to 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 400˙position oven rack to the lower third of the oven. Brush the rolls lightly with the beaten egg. Bake until puffed and golden brown20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot!