I made these with a little leftover dough I had from my previous pizza post, so I couldn’t say exactly how many dough balls this would make. I realise that this is perhaps not very helpful so I should probably try them again and let you know; in the meantime they were so good I just had to share them with you right away!
I have always had a slight obsession with Pizza Express, infact I never order pizza from any other menu as they just don’t come close in comparison. Beside the great pizzas, Pizza Express is pretty famous for their dough balls and I thought it about time that I try my hand at making my own. I have to say I was damn impressed, and these could definitely prove a very worthy competitor against the mighty Pizza Express; I may be bias but I think mine would actually win in a bake off! So, if you’re ever in need of a great starter or a sociable snack, then you just have to give these a try.
For the Dough Balls
– 150g strong white bread flour
– ¾ tsp easy blend dried yeast
– 1/2 tsp salt
– ¾ tbsp. olive oil
– 90ml warm water
For the Garlic and Herb Butter
– 50g salted butter
– 2 cloves garlic – crushed
– Small handful fresh basil – finely chopped
– Small handful fresh parsley – finely chopped
– Twist black pepper
Combine the flour, yeast and salt together in a bowl and make a well in the middle
Mix the oil into the warm water and pour into the well in the middle of the bowl
Stir the flour gradually into the well, bringing it in a bit at a time from the side of the bowl.
Get the dough out on a floured worktop and kneed for 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic
Grease a clean bowl with olive oil and put the dough into this, covering with an oiled sheet of cling film
Place somewhere warm (I put mine in the airing cupboard) and leave to rise for about an hour until it has doubled in size
Knock the dough back onto a clean work top and knead for a couple of minutes to get the air out.
Roll the dough with your hands into small balls about an inch in circumference.
Place the dough balls on a tray that is lined with parchment and greased with a little oil.
Place the tray in a clean plastic bag and leave to rise for an hour
Preheat the oven to 200’C
Once risen, bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes until they are a light golden colour
In the meantime simply mix together the ingredients for the butter and use it to dip the warm dough balls into, bliss!