Dough Balls

Dough Balls

Course: Baking, Sides
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Anna Bloomfield
Who needs garlic bread when these dough balls are so easy to make. Be warned, you may need to make more than one batch!
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  • 4 g fast action yeast
  • 250 g strong white bread flour
  • 15 g olive oil
  • 7 g sugar
  • 3 g salt
  • 175 ml tepid water
  • 100 g softened salted butter
  • 1 clove garlic crushed


  • Place all the ingredients, except the butter and garlic, into the bread maker pan in the order required and run the dough setting. I use the pizza dough setting but if you don't have one the quickest dough setting you have should be fine. (See below for instructions if you are breadmakerless.)
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Once the dough is ready sprinkle the work surface with flour, turn out your dough and proceed to cut small chunks off, shaping into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball by rolling in your palms. (If you want them to be perfectly formed then put your piece of dough on the work surface and, turning it as you go, proceed to pull a small pinch of dough from the base of the dough ball, up the ball and over into the centre. Once you have shaped the whole ball, squeeze the messy ends that have formed on the top together. Now turn it over so these ends are underneath.) Place the balls onto a lightly floured baking sheet or non-stick baking parchment.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until pale golden. Cool on a baking rack.
  • Garlic butter.
  • Mix the butter and garlic together well. Serve in a nice dipping bowl.


These dough balls last well in an airtight container but are totally delicious and probably won’t be around that long.
I’ve always used my bread maker to make dough but a quick search on the web has lead me to believe that if you don’t have one then the following methods should work for you. If you give either of them a go then let me know how it goes. Either place the ingredients in a mixer and mix with the dough hook until the dough is smooth and elastic - about 5 minutes, or mix the ingredients by hand then knead until the dough is smooth and elastic - around 10 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and leave to rise for 45 – 60 minutes until the dough has doubled in size then shape and cook the dough balls using the method above.


Serving: 139g | Calories: 447kcal (22%) | Carbohydrates: 50.1g (17%) | Protein: 7.1g (14%) | Fat: 24.4g (38%) | Saturated Fat: 13.4g (67%) | Cholesterol: 54mg (18%) | Sodium: 438mg (18%) | Potassium: 96mg (3%) | Fiber: 1.9g (8%) | Sugar: 1.9g (2%) | Vitamin A: 600IU (12%) | Calcium: 20mg (2%) | Iron: 3.1mg (17%)

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