Dough balls with garlic butter

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

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:30 mins
    plus rising
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 621
  • fat 33g
  • saturates 20g
  • carbs 67g
  • sugars 10g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 11g
  • salt 1.9g


  • 50g butter
  • 300g strong white bread flour
  • 7g sachet dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • oil, for the bowl and baking sheet
  • 100g butter
  • 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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