Cheesy Pesto Dough Balls

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Step 1.

Warm the milk in a saucepan, then remove from the heat. Add in your sugar and butter, and keep stirring until butter has melted. Allow the mixture to cool until it’s lukewarm.

Step 2.

Sift the flour and 1 tsp of salt into a large bowl. Stir in the yeast and fresh basil, fresh oregano, and then make a well in the centre. Beat your eggs together in a bowl and then pour your beaten eggs into that well along with your milk mixture. Give it a quick mix to form a soft pillowy dough.

Step 3.

Knead the dough by hand for 15 mins until it has become elastic; the dough should be super soft and sticky.

Step 4.

Pop the bowl in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with cling film, and allow it to double in size. This will take an hour or so.

Step 5.

Meanwhile, make your pesto. Blitz up the pine nuts, basil, parmesan and garlic in a food processor. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil whilst blending and then season with salt and pepper.

Step 6.

Chop up the mozzarella into 18 large chunks and grate the cheddar.

Step 7.

Knock back the dough and divide it into 18 equal-sized pieces – you will need to weigh these on scales.

Step 8.

Flatten each piece of dough and place a dollop of pesto and a big cube of mozzarella in the middle.

Step 9.

Pinch the edges together to close up the mozzarella and roll into a ball.

Step 10.

Grease a baking dish with butter. Arrange your rolls inside the dish seam-side down, then sprinkle with your grated cheddar. Cover and leave to rise for an hour.

Step 11.

Heat your oven to 200°C.

Step 12.

Bake for 25 mins until puffed and golden.

Step 13.

For the garlic butter, finely chop the chives and parsley. Melt the butter in a microwave and grate in three cloves of garlic. Season with salt.

Step 14.

Once the dough balls are out of the oven, brush liberally with the garlic butter and serve hot.

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For the Dough:
175ml Whole Milk
2 Tsp Caster Sugar
100g Butter
500g Strong White Bread Flour
7g Fast Action Dried Yeast
2 Tbsp Fresh Basil
2 Tbsp Fresh Oregano
4 Eggs
For the Pesto:
50g Pine Nuts
100g Fresh Basil
50g Parmesan
1 Clove of Garlic
150ml Olive Oil
150g Low-Moisture Mozzarella
50g Cheddar
100g Butter
Handful of Chives
Handful of Parsley
3 Cloves of Garlic