Add the butter, ½ cup of water, sugar and salt to the milk. Let cool.
Soften the yeast in the 1/3 cup of water and add to the first mixture. Add the sifted flour.
Knead to form a good firm dough. Knead 5 minutes more. Put in a warm place, out in the hot sun or at the back of your stove when the oven has been on. (For this recipe the yeast itself needs to be at a temperature of 88 degrees.) After 15 minutes have elapsed, punch down the dough and form into rolls.
Place on a shallow, greased baking pan and let rise in the same warm spot as before until the rolls have doubled in size.
Bake in a preheated 400° oven 15 to 20 minutes.