Garlic Dough Balls

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A short and sweet post for you today demonstrating how easy it is to make some of your restaurant faves in the comfort of your own home!

Any trip to Pizza Express is never complete for me without their dough balls – I can’t resist not ordering them, especially with the addition of the garlicky butter. So I thought what better than to try and recreate this at home. Now, I hear you cry, is it really worth the effort?

Well let me tell you:

  • Firstly, it’s cheaper – so no need to splurge
  • Secondly, you’ll make more to keep you going for the whole week – so enough to tide your craving over.
  • Thirdly, you’ll have the satisfaction of boasting that you’ve made it yourself.

So yes – 100% worth the effort! And believe me when I say it’s not even a very long process.

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Here’s what you’ll need to put this together. I followed this recipe from the bakingmad website.

Ingredients:

For the Dough Balls-

  • 500g Strong white bread flour
  • 1½tsp Salt
  • 1tsp unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 15g Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 1 Easy bake yeast sachet 7g
  • 300ml Warm water

For the Garlic Butter-

  • 200g Butter (salted)  softened
  • Garlic clove(s)

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Method:

  1. Put the flour and salt in a bowl, stir in the sugar and yeast, then rub in the butter. Add water until a soft, sticky dough forms.
  2. Knead the dough for roughly 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface until the dough becomes smooth and elastic
  3. Divide the dough into 20 small pieces and roll each into a ball. Place on a baking tray, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 20-30 minutes until the dough has almost doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 230°C/gas mark 8
  5. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce the temperature to 200°C/gas mark 6 for a further 10 minutes or until the dough balls are risen, golden brown and sound hollow when tapped underneath.
  6. For the garlic butter, chop the garlic and mix in with the softened butter.

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