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The Hairy Bikers' Big Book of Baking Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297863266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297863267
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2.9 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The long-awaited baking bible from the Hairy Bikers AKA Si King and Dave Myers.

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Hairy Bikers (Author)
Si King hails from North East England and is a big, blond bearded biker with an infectious laugh. His love of food was established at a young age when his father bought exotic ingredients back from his Royal Navy voyages. Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness, Dave Myers joined the BBC as a make-up artist, and while travelling the world with hit TV series he picked up recipes with Si, Dave's travelling companion and the other half of the hairy bikers.

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Si King (Author)
Si King hails from North East England and is a big, blond bearded biker with an infectious laugh. His love of food was established at a young age when his father bought exotic ingredients back from his Royal Navy voyages.

Dave Myers (Author)
Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness, Dave Myers joined the BBC as a make-up artist, and while travelling the world with hit TV series he picked up recipes with Si, Dave's travelling companion and the other half of the hairy bikers.



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I'd never really paid any attention to previous Hairy Bikers' output as I'd wrongly categorised them as a made-up-pairing in the mould of the Two Fat Ladies. I saw their first TV episode traveling through Norway and was absolutely riveted. The pair are proper bakers - they know why things work or not, they show you exactly what it is you should be doing and they do it with such panache and showmanship you can't help but warm to them. I'd say you'd need to see the pair at work to really appreciate the book - there are some minor differences in the recipe methodologies as recorded in print. Nevertheless, you should follow what they say/show you. The Rye bread mixture really is wet and they remind you not to add any additional flour. Do as they say because the result is a beautifully textured moist bread - not what I was expecting for a rye loaf. The potato bread recipe differs in the final proving and arrangement but it will come out lovely whatever shape you make it. I'm really pleased I found this resource as it trumps another so-called bread maker's book I also own. Compared to the relatively dry bread that comes out of my electric breadmaker all the recipes I've tried have been gorgeously moist, tasty and moreish. (A warning if you're watching your weight!)
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Absolutely outstanding!
This book oooozes delicious recipes and makes you want to put the oven on and start baking.
Each recipe is illustrated with a photo(very important)and easy and informative instructions.
The recipes I have made turned out well and as expected.
I think if you buy one book about baking it should be this-The Hairy Bikers never let you down.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AND THE BOOK OF PIES.They are My most used and appreciated cookbooks.
Thanks boys for another classic.
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I bought this as I had watched the first episode of the series and had to have the recipes. I rushed out and bought all the ingredients to make the lemon and cardamon biscuits and the jarlsberg cheese and ham pies. Made the pies first as the recipe seemed to take a while. It was totally wrong and as a slightly inexperienced baker I didn't realise till near the end. 1025ml of liquid to 950g flour!!!!I ended up with a lumpy mess which went in the bin, total waste of time and money. Will try again but amend the dough part so it should work out ok. I then made the lemon and cardamon biscuits which were absolutely gorgeous! So far 1 recipe is great and 1 isn't, hence why this gets 3 stars only. For looks etc the book gets 5, just let down by what is clearly either a typo or someone not checking properly. Would I recommend this book? Yes I think I would but I would double check the recipes and I definitely wouldn't recommend it for a beginner.
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Having greatly enjoyed the TV series, it was only a matter of waiting for the price to drop a bit before we got this splendid cookbook. As with our other Hairy Bikers book (the most excellent book of pies), the recipes are clearly presented with colour photos and the whole publication is elegant, practical and utterly mouth-watering. I've only made the German potato bread so far (soft & moist and delicious toasted) but I'm looking forward to trying many of the other breads and patisserie as time, opportunity and ingredient availability permit. Well done chaps!

UPDATE: I'm not entirely sure that the recipes have been as thoroughly tested as in the excellent pie book. The Spanish Rustic Bread dough was very, very wet - it needed about five good handfuls of flour to make the dough workable. The end result, however, was delicious.

UPDATE again: I've just made the Norwegian Rye Bread: as with all rye breads it's pretty sticky and a fair amount of white flour was used to make the dough mostly workable during kneading. Yet again, the end result is absolutely delicious.
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With so many baking books around these days, I was wondering if the Hairy Bikers could produce something really interesting in the area.
Well they did, and I was particularly impressed by the savoury selection which is often underrepresented in recent baking books (but don't worry, the sweet selection is good too).
A travelogue -a lot of international recipes + background anecdotes- as well as a cookbook in typical Hairy Bikers' style: enthusiastic, friendly and heart-warming, if you like the boys, you won't be disappointed!
However, I nearly choked on my chocolate cake when I came across the Belgian Pizza recipe (also called Tarte Flambée, Flammekueche/küche etc...), not because I am a purist defending pizzas as Italian/Italo-American but because, although the HB probably came across it in Belgium, the flammekueche is a well-known Alsatian speciality. Some German villages might also claim it as their own (given the history of the region) but Belgian, no way!
Beware lads, you will be on the Brotherhood of Real Flammekueche's hitlist in no time (and yes, there is such a thing :-)):La Confrérie du Véritable Flammekueche d'Alsace)! Still, you are right Hairy Bikers, the flammekueche is much better eaten with a Belgian beer (I will soon be n°3 on the hitlist if I carry on).
So, all that to say that I suspect there might be some other inadequacies in the background information as collected by the HB, but it is no big deal if your main interest is the recipes themselves as the book is a great collection of international baking specialities (both sweet and savoury).
If you have a sweet tooth, check it out -or check the list of recipes in the "Look Inside' feature- to see if the balance of sweet/savoury recipes is up to your expectations but all in all I would agree with the previous reviewers and rate this as a very good baking book.
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