Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Fabulous Baker Brothers Recipe For Sticky Sticks With Chocolate Sauce

Hot, sticky doughnut fingers with hot chocolate sauce fresh from The Fabulous Baker Brothers' kitchen          Makes 10

I love food programmes and I have a new favourite. Channel 4 have two new cooking stars with the new programme called The Fabulous Baker Brothers. 
The Fabulous Baker Brothers stars brothers Tom, a baker, and Henry, a chef who runs the local butcher's shop next door. With five generations of baking tradition behind them, Tom and Henry take viewers into the heat of the artisan kitchen and unlock the trade secrets of baking, which have been honed through years of practice and passion.
The series is packed with hearty recipes and interesting twists as each episode the boys roll up their sleeves and take viewers through their delicious recipes. But it's not just about bread and pastry, as each dish has hearty fillings, tempting toppings and tasty accompaniments that bring in stacks of delicious flavours.

Here is the recipe for Sticky Sticks With Chocolate Sauce  from the very first episode which can be watched on 4od. Click HERE to view it ( opens in a new window)

Now for the recipe which is so simple and so delicious that your kids (and the rest of your family and friends) will love and ask for again and again.


  • 400g water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 130g self-raising flour
  • 130g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 20g granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Plenty of caster sugar, for rolling
For the chocolate and stout dunking sauce
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 50ml double cream
  • 50ml stout
  • Small knob butter
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a pan, bring the water and oil to the boil. Mix the flours, salt and 20g sugar in a bowl, then slowly pour in the hot water mixture. Using a fork quickly mix the water in. You should have a stiff sticky dough, but don't overwork it.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil to 170°C in a fryer or heavy-based saucepan. Quickly with light hands roll the dough into longish sticks. Place a few at a time into the fryer. They should take about 3-5 minutes to cook until they are golden and crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
  3. Lift out of the oil, drain on kitchen paper. In a tray mix the orange zest with a good amount of caster sugar, then toss with the hot doughnuts to coat.
  4. For the sauce, place the ingredients in a small pan and heat gently. Stir until the butter and chocolate has melted and the sauce is smooth and glossy. Don't heat too much as the chocolate and cream will split. If you don't fancy stout then milk is an acceptable alternative.
  5. While the sauce is still warm dip the sticky sticks and devour.
Cook's tip: CAUTION – Resist the temptation to eat the sticky sticks right away as the they will burn your mouth. Wait at least 30 seconds after they've been cooked and rolled in the sugar.


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