Eastern Europe

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Episode 4 of 8

Duration: 58 minutes

The halfway point of the Hairy Bikers' Bakeation sees them journey to the furthest reaches of Europe culminating in an amazing family party thrown by Dave's wife Lil, who comes from Romania. Three countries, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, provide the Bikers with ample opportunity to explore some great baking. It all starts in a café in Bratislava, where the Bikers are served three cakes which, believe it or not, are inspired by British TV cookery shows.

They also have an encounter with kremesh, the Hungarian take on a vanilla slice, served in a café that survived the ravages of communism; langos, a roadside snack of deep-fried pastry with sour cream and cheese, and Tokaj wine, the choice of kings once more prized than any wine made in France.

The Bikers keep their end of the culinary deal with zemlovka, an Eastern European take on the classic bread and butter pudding, some amazing cheese and bacon savoury scones, a robust goulash stew and a curly pie made especially for the family party in Romania.

  • Dave and Si's recipes from Eastern Europe

    Dave and Si's recipes from Eastern Europe

    Visit BBC Food to see the recipes from Dave and Si's visit to Eastern Europe.

    Hairy Bikers' recipes at BBC Food
  • Route map

    Route map

    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Komarom (bread museum)
    Tokaj wine region / Village of Mad
    Satu Mare / Border Crossing into Romania
    Sighetu Marmatiei

  • Romanian ladies

    Romanian ladies

    The local ladies of Romania in native dress.

  • Cooking on the porch

    Cooking on the porch

    Outside cooking sends the boys a bit doolally.

  • Discover languages with The Open University

    Discover languages with The Open University

    Find out how the Bikers broke through the language barrier and explore the OU's baking map of Europe languages.

    Visit Bakeation from OpenLearn on The Open University


Si King
Dave Myers
Series Producer
Oliver Clark
Executive Producer
Gill Tierney
Dan Slee


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