We have both been on holiday to Italy before, although separately and I fondly remember my time exploring the sights of Florence, visiting the art gallery, fawning over the beautiful jewellery in the shops on the Ponte Vecchio and enjoying some delicious Italian food and the biggest gelato I've ever seen. Italy really did have such a wonderful sense of romance to it, what with the gorgeous warm weather, historical sites and the beautiful views. It really is a destination that is ideal for lovers.
I remember this starter so well from my trip to Italy and it has since remained one of my firm favourites. I had never tried parma ham before my trip to Florence but I'm so glad I discovered it, it's absolutely delicious and goes so well with the freshly baked dough balls and olive oil. It's such a simple starter but one that's great to enjoy with your other half. Nothing is more sensual than finger food, aren't I right?
These are really simple to make and don't take too long at all, they also take about six minutes to bake so are great for when you want to whip up something to eat quickly. To make the dough balls you will need -
200g of plain flour
1/2 tsp of instant dried yeast
1 tsp of salt
130ml of water
2. Cover with cling-film and leave the dough to rise until it has doubled in size.
3. When it has risen, knead the dough on a floured surface.
4. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into slices - I cut mine into 14 pieces as I wanted some large and some smaller dough balls.
6. Place the dough balls onto a parchment paper covered baking tray.
7. Leave them to rest for a few minutes before baking.
8. Drizzle with a small bit of olive oil to glaze.
9. Bake at 240 degrees for six minutes.
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