You can knead the dough by hand or machine. Proof the yeast by mixing it with half a cup lukewarm milk and some of the sugar. Put the flour, the remaining sugar, salt, soft butter and egg in the bowl of your machine and mix. Add the remaining milk, the proofed yeast and as much of the water you need to knead into a soft, smooth and elastic dough. Start by placing 1½ cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt into a large mixing bowl.