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Ciabatta, naan, foccacia and all manner of other exotic breads and pastries have become a staple in many households, but how many of us can make a decent loaf of bread? In The Hairy Bakers, The Hairy Bikers – Dave Myers and Simon King – jump on their motorbikes and become bakers, travelling the UK countryside to explore the delights of perennial baking favourites. Each episode is a freewheeling journey of discovery, with recipes and tastings, meetings with experts and artisans, beautiful locations and stunning countryside. The Bakers are intent on finding the very best, from gourmet bread-makers, pie-makers and ornate wedding cake designers to ordinary people passionate about endless varieties of baking. In Lincolnshire, they commandeer their own windmill to mill flour and make a country wholemeal loaf to go with their unique take on the perfect ploughman’s lunch.
In keeping with the British love affair with teatime treats, they journey to the Henley Royal Regatta, filling their hampers as they go with their own home-baked scones and bakewell tart. In their quest to discover the best pies and pasties, they journey from Cornwall – where they make proper Cornish pasties beside a tin mine – to Scotland, where they meet a baker who reveals the secrets of the Scottish pie, filled with the original ‘mystery meat’. And then there are the cakes; after attending sugar craft lessons, the Bakers take on two of their toughest baking challenges yet as they make four-year-old twins the birthday cakes of their dreams, and even persuade a soon-to-be married couple to let them loose on their wedding cake. It’s a five tier job, a work of art and engineering – but will it spoil their big day?... Read more.
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