“Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination…..and a little dough.”
Charlie Chaplin, English Comic & Filmmaker, 1889 – 1977
These make a great simple appetiser. Serve with olives and a cocktail, wine or beer.
495g (1lb) strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting * 1 tsp salt * 45g (1½oz) caster sugar * 7g (½oz) fast action yeast * 30g (1oz) unsalted butter * 310ml (10 floz) tepid water * oil, for greasing * 115g (4oz) salted butter * handful of parsley, chopped
Put the flour in a large bowl. Add the salt and sugar to one side and the yeast to the other. Add the butter and three-quarters of the water and mix with your fingers. Continue to add the rest of the water a little at a time until you have picked up the flour from the sides of the bowl. Careful. You want a soft, not soggy dough, so you may not have to add all the water.
Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, whilst you work through the wet stage until the dough starts to form a soft, smooth skin. Put it into a lightly oiled, large bowl. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise until at least double in size for up to 3 hours. Keep in a warm, dry place such as an airing cupboard.
Grease a large baking tray with oil. Knockback the dough mix by folding the dough, to release the air until it is smooth. Divide the dough into 20 smooth, walnut-size balls and place in the baking tray. Wipe oil on the under-side of a piece of cling film and cover over the dough (with the oil touching the dough). Cover the cling-filmed tray with a clean tea towel. Leave to rise for 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Uncover the dough balls and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until risen and golden. Mix together the butter and parsley in a bowl, then melt in a microwave for 30 seconds (or in a saucepan). Brush the melted garlic butter over the baked dough balls. Serve on a clean, wooden chopping-board with olives to share.
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This recipe comes from the section OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING, a selection of easy recipes for the barbecue or when entertaining your guests at a garden party.