Dough Balls

Dough Balls – I love them. And, although they can be expensive in restaurants, it is actually incredibly easy to make them at home. In less than an hour, you can create these lovely, soft balls of dough with an accompaniment of garlic butter. Perfect!



  • 300g bread flour
  • 200ml water
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 x sachet fast action yeast
  • 3 x garlic cloves
  • 25g butter


  1. Place the bread flour in a mixing bowl, add salt and add the whole sachet of yeast
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the water
  3. Mix the flour with the water until a loose dough is formed and then knead for 5 minutes
  4. Add the olive oil and continue to knead for 2 minutes
  5. Divide into around 30 balls and place on a greased baking sheet
  6. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm location for around 30 minutes
  7. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5/Fan 170C
  8. Place the dough balls in the oven and cook for around 10 minutes, until golden brown
  9. While in the oven, take the garlic cloves, crush them and then cut into small 1mm chunks
  10. Soften the butter in the microwave (do not melt) and then add the garlic pieces
  11. Remove the dough balls from the oven and serve!


  • You could swap the bread flour for wholemeal bread flour (as in the picture above) for a different, more healthy dough ball
  • Add the salt and yeast at separate sides of the flour in step 1, otherwise the salt will kill the yeast and so the dough balls will not rise
  • Do not place the dough balls anywhere too hot in step 6, otherwise they will fail to rise

9 thoughts on “Dough Balls

  1. I asked my 9 year old yesterday for his top 5 things he likes food wise. I was looking for ideas and dough balls came up. We haven’t been to pizza express for ages so quite a surprise this popped into his head. Definitely will give them a go.

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