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Bake it Better


and support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

We're donating 50p from each of our special Bake it Better desserts, the White Chocolate Fondue to our charity partner Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity, who transform the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK.

You can join in too and hold your own Bake it Better bake sale for GOSH Charity, and make giving that bit sweeter.

Looking for some inspiration to get creating in the kitchen? Give our special ‘Bake it Better’ dessert a go and make our tasty sweet dough sticks. They're part of our White Chocolate Fondue - these baked sweet treats were created by specially by GOSH Charity patient Niamh and our expert friend Theo Randall to support Bake it Better. Guaranteed to be loved by guests of all ages, they're are a great addition to any bake sale table.

If you've got little ones, this is a great recipe to get them involved with too - they'll love kneading he dough and shaping the sticks! Plus, you can have some fun trying out your favourite sauces and dips. 

Sweet Dough Sticks Recipe

Makes 40 Sticks – Serves 4

Ingredients
3.5g dried yeast or 12g fresh yeast
125ml water, lukewarm
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin olive oil, plus extra oil for the pan.
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
225g strong white flour or Tippo 00 flour
30g softened butter
Icing sugar for dusting

Method

  1. In a small warmed bowl, stir the yeast into the water, smoothing out the lumps with a fork. Stir in the sugar and oil. Allow to rest for a few minutes.
  2. Sieve the salt and two-thirds (150g) of the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and stir in the yeast mixture gradually, mixing with a wooden spoon to form a ball as the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Dust a work top with some of the remaining flour and knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Continue kneading for 8-10 minutes, working in the rest of the flour. The dough will be elastic and smooth.
  4. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces and knead each piece into a smooth ball. Place the dough balls on to a lightly floured tray with enough room for them to expand.
  5. Cover with a damp tea cloth and place the tray somewhere warm. Let the dough rise for 1 hour to an hour and a half or until the balls have doubled in size.
  6. Punch the dough ball down gently to remove excess air. Knead briefly then stretch the dough, using a rolling pin, into rectangles about 15cm by 8cm.
  7. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife cut each rectangle into 10 equal strips (approx. 1.5cm each). Holding both ends, twist each stick to make a spiral and place on a lightly oiled baking tray leaving a gap of about 1cm in between.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven (240oC /475oF/gas mark 9) for approximately 15 minutes or until the sticks are golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and brush with the softened butter. Sprinkle generously with the icing sugar and return to the oven for a further 3 to 5 minutes.
  10. Serve warm with your favourite dips.

For our White Chocolate Fondue, we serve them with warm white chocolate sauce, milk chocolate crumb, and crushed pistachios – perfect for dipping and dunking. If you prefer, you can serve with your choice of sauces, like melted chocolate, or berry coulis. Then serve with your favourite crushed nut, biscuit, or crushed honey comb is delicious! 

Thinking of trying this recipe? Let us know how it went, and what your favourite sauces and dips were by tagging us on Instagram.

Click below to sign up for a slice of the action and hold your own bake sale. You’ll receive a free fundraising kit jam packed with materials from GOSH Charity - time to get your bake on!

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