This method requires so many hours of resting,kneading and proving.The whole process is completed by hand.That's really make me exhausted.The reason I wanted to make it again and again until I get a very soft kind of sponge bread was simply because I want to prove to myself that nothing is impossible.I don't want to learn quick and easy in baking.To tell you the truth.The bread stay soft after keeping it for few days if using sponge dough method. The second most important thing in making a soft bread is the temperature.Setting the right temperature will give you a soft crust.In my previous soft bun recipe,I was using the straight dough method.You still can get a very soft bun too.In my recipe,I used bread softener(Emulsifier)to get the soft texture.But now,I prefer to use the sponge dough method.It is much more healthier and more flavorful.These hotdog rolls was really fluffy and soft.Everyone loves it!You can use any recipes with you as long as the method of resting,kneading,proving and baking are accurate.You still can make a soft bread too.Recipe
1 package active dry yeast/instant(or 2 1/2 teaspoon)
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
3 Tbsp sugars
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 All vegetable shortening
1 large egg,lighly beaten
2-2 1/2 All purpose flour
1 egg and 2 tbsps milk(lightly beaten)
1)Dissolve yeast,warm water and 1/2 cup flour;let stand for about an hour.
2)Put lighly beaten egg,yeast mixture,milk,sugar,salt,shortening and 1 1/2 cup flour in a bowl.
3)Knead to make a soft dough.Add another 1/2 cup flour if necessary.
4)Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic.
5)Pinch seam and tuck sides under,again piching seam about 8-10 minutes. )
6)Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size about 45-1 hour.
7)Place in a greased glass bowl(better result in proofing).
8)Punch down dough and turn out on to lightly floured surface.Knead another 1 minutes.
9)Divide dough into small equal pieces;then roll into long shapes and swirled the hotdog.
10)Place hotdog rolls,about 2inches apart on greased baking pan.
11)Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 30-40 mintues.
12)Brush rolls with beaten egg and milk.If desired,sprinkle with sesame seed.
13)Bake at 370'F for 8-10 minutes or till golden brown.
Fill the baking pan with some hot water(not full)and put it on the lowest rack.
14)Quikly remove the rolls from the pan and put it in a rack for cooling.15)Brush melted butter for a soft and shining crust.
Notes:I put a small pan filled with water and put it on the bottom of the oven for steamed bake.(This is to avoid get a hard crust)