The dough ball recipe

Written on April 19, 2020 - 1 minute read

For those of you who've been to mine for a social gathering, you know that the dough balls are famous. I don’t know exactly where the recipe comes from, but it’s hand written in my recipe book. So many people have asked me for the recipe, I thought it was time to get it onto the blog.

A close up of Dough Balls

If you have a fancy mixer, like a KitchenAid, the prep time is about 10 minutes, plus 2 proving sessions. This recipe is for 2 people - increase the quantity.


For the dough balls

  • 125g White Bread Flour
  • 2g of Yeast
  • 1/4 tsp Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 75ml Warm Water
  • 15ml Olive Oil

For the garlic butter

  • 50g Butter
  • 1 Garlic Clove (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp Parsley


1. Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Then, mix the water and olive oil together separately. Mix the water/olive oil mix slowly into the dry ingredients.

2. Knead hard for 10 minutes by hand, or 6 minutes with the dough hook in a mixer.

3. Lightly grease your mixing bowl with oil. Put your dough in, and cover it with a clean towel. Leave it to rise for 1 hour, until it’s doubled in size.

4. Knock back by gently kneading 5 times. Cut into 10 pieces and shape them into balls. Here are your dough balls 💪

5. Place them on your baking tray, and cover them with the towel again. Allow them to rise again, until they’re doubled in size.

6. Preheat your oven to 200°C.

7. Bake for 5-8 minutes.

8. Whilst they’re baking, melt half your butter and lightly fry your crushed garlic. Mash all the ingredients (the melted and non melted butter, fried crushed garlic and parsley) together.

9. Brush this on your dough balls, and serve. Lightly season with salt if you want.