2 pkgs. yeast (Instant Rise best)
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup water
Measure 2 cups flour (bread flour preferred but all-purpose ok) into the large bowl of stand-up mixer. Add 2 pkgs. yeast (prefer Instant Rise but regular ok). Add 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir to incorporate.
In large glass container (needs to go into microwave) - add 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup butter. Heat in microwave to 125 degrees. If butter does not melt fully - that's ok.
Turn mixer on to medium and slowly add the warm milk solution to the flour mixture. Allow to fully incorporate - 2-3 minutes. If necessary, stir quickly with large spoon. With bread dough hook attached, slowly add the remaining 1 cup of flour. 1-2 tablespoons at a time. Once all the flour has been added, knead for approx. 8 minutes until springy and slightly glossy.(I let the mixer do the kneading.) Dough will appear quite soft. Not to worry. Grease a large bowl and add dough. Roll dough over to grease all sides. Cover lightly with towel and place in slightly warm spot (75-80*) and allow to rise until double (15-30 minutes). Or longer if nec.
Flour surface area lightly and roll dough out of bowl onto floured area. Let rest 10 minutes. Cut in half and cover half of dough while you work on other half. Gently pull/roll dough into log. Cut log into 8 pieces of approx. same size. Gently roll into balls and place in greased (well greased) 13x9x2 pan. You can get all of the little balls into the pan. Or try muffin tins. Well greased. Cover and allow to rise for an additional 15-30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.