France

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Episode 7 of 8

Duration: 59 minutes

Many people regard France as the home of gastronomy and Lyon the culinary capital of France, so that is where the journey across France begins as Dave and Si explore the 'bouchon' - a restaurant traditionally run by a female chef or 'mere Lyonnaise'.

As for their own efforts, they start with a tarte aux pralines and create a saucisson-stuffed brioche. After a quick stop to learn the secrets of teeth-pulling nougat in Montelimar, they go truffle-hunting for the famous white summer truffle, which they use to make truffle-infused butter and brie. En route, they also bake an apricot tarte tatin and a delectable flan de Saint Jean de Minervois (like a crème caramel but made with lavender honey and dessert wine).

But it is not all baking on this trip. They also meet up with Dave's old flatmate, French Pat, who he has not seen for 30 years, and they are inducted into the Ancient Order of the Cassoulet when they reach their journey's end in Carcassonne.

  • Dave and Si's recipes from France

    Dave and Si's recipes from France

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

    Hairy Bikers' recipes at BBC Food
  • Route map

    Route map

    Lyon – Tarte aux Pralines, Saucisson Brioché, Brioche à la Praline, le Bouchon des Berges
    Montélimar – Nougat
    Monteux – Truffles
    Cornillon Confoux – Apricot Tarte Tatin
    Vinon sur Verdon – Patricia’s no-flour Clafoutis
    Carcassonne – Flan, Baguettes and Cassoulet

  • Mirette the truffle seeking dog

    Mirette the truffle seeking dog

    Mirette shows the boys her superlative truffle hunting skills in Monteux.

  • Hairy and naked in the woods?

    Hairy and naked in the woods?

    A parked motorbike and discarded jeans can only mean one thing….

  • 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

Credits

Presenter
Si King
Presenter
Dave Myers
Series Producer
Oliver Clark
Executive Producer
Gill Tierney
Director
Francois Gandolfi

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