Japanese Milk Buns are soft and tasty dinner rolls perfect for eating on their own or with a pat of butter.
In a small pot, stir together milk, water and flour until lump -free. Cook over low heat while stirring continuously until the mixture is thick like a paste. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.
In a large mixing bowl, add the warm milk. Sprinkle the yeast and about 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Let this mixture sit for about 5 minutes, or until the yeast turned foamy. Add the sugar, milk powder, butter, egg, salt and the cooled tangzhong. Use a big wooden spoon to incorporate all the ingredients together. Add the flour and stir it into the rest of the mixture. Once the dough has gathered together into a shaggy mass, turn it over into a floured surface.
Knead the dough until it is smooth, elastic and soft.
Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for 60-90 minutes until puffy. Divide dough into 9 portions, shape each into a ball and place on a greased 9-inch baking pan. Cover the rolls and let rise again for 50 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush the surface of the rolls with milk and bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Serve warm. Leftovers can be stored in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.