Dough balls

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By: Paul Hollywood From: Good Food Bites

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This recipe is classed as intermediate

Rating 3.46 / 5 (211 votes)

Prep time:
20 min, plus cooling, plus overnight chilling
Cook time:
15 min

Serve up a delicious starter with Paul Hollywood's recipe for gorgeously garlicky dough balls, served with Parma ham and melon


1. First make the dough. Put the flour, salt, olive oil, yeast and water into a large bowl and mix with your hands to bind together.

2. When a dough has formed, tip it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.

3. Return the dough to the washed and dried bowl and leave to rise.

4. Shape the dough into little balls, weighing around 20-30g each.

5. Gently heat together the olive oil and the garlic in a pan. Set aside to cool.

6. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas 7.

7. Brush the dough balls generously with the garlic olive oil.

8. Place the rolls on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until risen and firm.

9. Brush again with garlic oil and serve with the melon and Parma ham.


  • 500 ml olive oil
  • 6 clove garlic, chopped and crushed
  • 1/2 melon, sliced, for serving
  • 6 slices of Parma ham, for serving

For the dough:

Tips and suggestions

The dough can be freezed for later use. It must, however, be wrapped in clingfilm. When removing from the freezer, leave to thaw overnight and then leave to rise again.

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FABULOUS! recipe instructions could have included at point 3 a rough estimate of the time for the dough to rise but otherwise great recipe, easy to follow and fantastic results

SueJ17324 SueJ17324  Posted 03 May 2009 10:10 AM