Warm 1/4 C milk (50 gms) of milk to 100°F (warm to touch) and mix with1tsp sugar . Sprinkle the yeast on top and set aside to bloom for 5 to 10 minutes .
In a large mixing bowl take all the remaining ingredients for the bread dough , except the milk , and stir to combine . Make a well in the mixture and add the activated yeast as well as half the remaining milk .Knead to make a soft pliable dough , adding the remaining milk slowly as required.Knead for 10 to 15 minutes until the dough is soft and elastic .Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl , cover and set aside to rise in a warm place till doubled (about 1 to 1.5 hrs).
Mix the ingredients for the filling and set aside (See notes).
Punch down the dough and divide into 4 equal pieces . (For buns see notes). Keep the dough covered .Roll a piece of dough into a disc of about 8" in diameter. Transfer the disc on to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread half the filling on the disk leaving about 1/2 " gap from the edges .Dip a pastry brush in water and brush uncovered portion .Roll out another piece of dough into a disc slightly bigger than the first one .Place over the first disc, pressing on the sides to seal .Cover with a plastic wrap or moist kitchen towel. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough . Set aside to proof until almost doubled.
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°Beat the egg with 1 Tbsp water well to make the egg wash. Brush the tops of the bread with egg wash and transfer to the oven. Reduce temperature to 375°F (190°C) and bake for 15 to 20 minutes , until the tops are turn light brown.Remove from the oven .
Cool in the tray for 5 minutes . Transfer to a cooling rack.Serve warm or cooled, if slicing wait for the bread to cool completely.
If avoiding eggs use 2 tbsp honey mixed with 1 Tbsp hot water instead of egg wash.
For buns - divide the dough into double the number of buns to make. Divide the filling equally into the number of buns and proceed as in the recipe.
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