Combine ½ Cup Milk and ½ Cup Hot Water, then add Yeast and stir well to dissolve. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, add 3 Cups All Purpose Flour, 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar, 1¼ Teaspoons Salt, 4 Tablespoons melted Butter, Milk / Water / Yeast mixture. Stir until it starts to form a dough ball. If using a stand mixer, use the dough hook and mix on low for 6 minutes. If kneading by hand, lightly oil your work surface, turn out the dough and knead for about 8 minutes until it becomes smooth and supple. Form the dough into a ball.
*Flour is like a sponge; it can absorb moisture from the atmosphere, so the amount of water you use can vary depending on climate and season. Use ½ Cup of water in the summer, or under humid conditions; ⅔ Cup water in winter, or when the climate is dry.