Dough balls on tray with butter

Dough balls with garlic butter

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins plus rising


Serves 4

Serve a platter of warm dough balls with plenty of garlic butter. This easy recipe makes a great sharing-style starter for family and friends

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal621
  • fat33g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre4g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.9g
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  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 300g strong white bread flour
  • 7g sachet dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • oil, for the bowl and baking sheet

For the garlic butter

  • 100g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • crudités and cured meat, to serve (optional)


  1. Warm 175ml water in a saucepan until steaming, then add the butter and set aside to cool until warm but not hot. Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl or tabletop mixer. Add the cooled water and mix to make a soft dough. Knead for 10 mins by hand, or for 5 mins in a mixer, until the dough feels bouncy and smooth. Return to a clean, oiled bowl and cover with oiled cling film. Leave somewhere warm to rise for 1½-2 hrs, or until doubled in size.

  2. Oil a baking sheet. Knock the air out of the dough and knead again for several mins. Take a small piece of dough (about the size of a walnut) and roll it into a ball. Place the ball on the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the dough balls about ½ cm apart. Cover and leave to rise for 30 mins. Meanwhile, to make the garlic butter, melt the butter in a pan, then stir in the garlic. Season.

  3. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. The dough balls should be almost touching by now. Bake for 25-30 mins until cooked through. Brush with some of the garlic butter and leave to cool for 5 mins. Serve with the remaining garlic butter and a selection of crudités and cured meat, if you like.

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Chris Keys's picture
Chris Keys
8th Jul, 2020
Can you make these in advance and store in the fridge for a few days? Also are they freezable ? Thanks
12th May, 2020
These dough balls are amazing. They make a lot so would say serves more than 4 people. Easy to make and so much better than shop bought.
munrhe's picture
22nd Nov, 2019
It was good, unfortunately, the outer layer felt more like bread rather than the more fluffy dough ball that we had hoped for.
Gwyneth Galvin's picture
Gwyneth Galvin
16th Mar, 2020
I halved the bake time and they turned out brilliant. I had the same result as you with the recommended bake time in the recipe.
Hey_itz_Nesta's picture
3rd Apr, 2020
Im just curious, how many dough balls does this accaully make?? because 4 dough balls could serve one person and 6 could serve another
Gwyneth Galvin's picture
Gwyneth Galvin
15th Mar, 2020
This recipe is ALMOST perfect. The recommended baking time is way too long, the dough balls came out very hard and crusty like the heel of a loaf. I think around 18 minutes would have been perfect.
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