Dough Balls with Garlic Butter Recipe

Yields: About 12-16 dough balls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Rising Time: 1-2 hours
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients – Dough Balls:

  • 2 cups (250g) strong white bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon (7g) instant yeast (fast-acting)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) warm water

Ingredients – Garlic Butter:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions – Dough:

  • Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
  • Add Wet Ingredients: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the warm water and olive oil into the well.
  • Mix and Knead: Use a fork to gradually incorporate the flour into the wet ingredients. Once the dough roughly comes together, dust your hands with flour and knead for 5-8 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • First Rise: Lightly oil the bowl, place the dough inside, and cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Put the bowl in a warm place and let it rise for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

Instructions – Garlic Butter:

Cream Butter and Garlic:

  • While the dough rises, make the garlic butter.
  • In a small bowl, use a fork to mash together the softened butter, minced garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper until well combined.

Instructions – Baking the Dough Balls:

  • Preheat Oven: Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Punch and Divide: Punch down the risen dough and divide it into 12-16 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.
  • Arrange and Second Rise: Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between them. Loosely cover with a towel and let them rise again for 20 -30 minutes.
  • Bake: Bake the dough balls for 15-20 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
  • Brush with Garlic Butter: As soon as the dough balls come out of the oven, brush them with the garlic butter.


  • Warm Water: Ensure the water is just warm, not hot, as hot water will kill the yeast.
  • Flour Adjustment: You might need to add a little more or less flour depending on the humidity of your environment. The dough should be soft but not overly sticky.
  • Serve Warm: These dough balls are best enjoyed warm right out of the oven.



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