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128Total Time
120Prep Time
8Bake Time

Copycat Pizza Express Dough Balls

23 Reviews

  • Vegetarian

How to make dough balls

Is there anything yummier than fresh dough balls out the over with warm garlic to dip? Whether you want to create garlic dough balls, or even cheese dough balls – this recipe will soon be your go to for fluffy dough balls that are a real crowd pleaser.

Made with Allinson’s Olive Oil Dough, our quick dough balls disappear in a flash, and make a great starter for our Deep Pan Pizza – which is also made with Olive Oil dough.

Once you bring Pizza Express copycat dough balls to your kitchen – you’ll never go back! If you're a fan of this recipe try out our deep pan pizza!

128Total Time
120Prep Time
8Bake Time


  1. Step 1:


    Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a big bowl. Mix the water and oil together, then stir in with a cutlery knife.

  2. Step 2:


    Tip onto a lightly flour dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes (or use the dough hook attachment on your mixer).

  3. Step 3:


    Lightly grease the mixing bowl with some oil. Put the dough back in, cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size – about 1 hour depending on how warm your kitchen is.

  4. Step 4:


    Knock back the dough by gently kneading just 5 times to get the air out. Cut into 40 pieces (weigh out if you like), shape into balls and sit slightly spaced apart on lightly floured baking sheets.

  5. Step 5:


    Cover the dough again with clean tea towels and leave to prove until doubled in size again. Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan, gas mark 6). Meanwhile mash together the butter, garlic and herbs with some seasoning.

  6. Step 6:

    BAKE Bake for 5-8 minutes, until golden and when you tap the bottoms of the dough balls they sound hollow. Cool for 10 minutes, then eat with the garlic butter.

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  • For the Dough

    • 500g Allinson's Strong White Bread Flour
    • 7g Allinson's Easy Bake Yeast
    • 1 tsp Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 2 tsp Salt
    • 300ml Warm water
    • 50ml Olive oil
  • Plus

    • 200g Butter (unsalted) (soft)
    • 4 Garlic clove(s) (crushed)
    • 2 tbsp Parsley (finely chopped, or thyme, chives or basil)


  • Baking tray

Nutritional Information

per 48g
  • 188cal Energy
  • 11g Fat
  • 5.7g of which Saturates
  • 19g Carbohydrates
  • 0g of which Sugars
  • 3.4g Protein
  • 0.5g Salt

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