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Low Countries

The Hairy Bikers bake lazybones buns beside a windmill in the Netherlands and rustle up a pork pie with Riesling jelly in front of the Atomium in Belgium.

The second leg of the Hairy Bikers' Bakeation begins on the flatlands of the Netherlands where they bake lazybones buns beside a windmill and discover that the Netherlands baking tradition reflects the country's past as a nation at the heart of the spice trade. This is particularly true of the classic Dutch apple pie, smothered in cinnamon and some traditional Jewish buns coated in muscovado sugar.

Their next port of call is Belgium, where they cook up an indulgent Belgian chocolate truffle cheesecake but not before they have tasted the chocolate delights of Bruges, including chocolate tequila cocktails. In front of the Atomium and surrounded by curious Chinese tourists, they rustle up a mouth-watering pork pie with Riesling jelly. The third country on this leg of their trip is Luxembourg.

Along the way they meet some real characters; Michelin-starred chef Lea makes macaroons with ice cream on top; Harry bakes traditional sweet buns but his real passion is VW campervans and a shock-o-latier (chocolatier), Dominique, invites them to snort chocolate powder using a device invented for the Rolling Stones.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    The Orb

    Into The Fourth Extension

  • 00:13

    Sally Anne Marsh

    Windmills Of Your Mind

  • 00:28

    Caro Emerald

    Back It Up

  • 00:32

    Eliza Doolittle

    Pack Up

  • 00:41


    Last Ones Standing

  • 00:43


    Two Lives (Wez Clarke Remix)

  • 00:52


    Chasing Pavements

  • 00:58

    The Vaccines



Role Contributor
Presenter Si King
Presenter Dave Myers
Series Producer Oliver Clark
Executive Producer Gill Tierney
Director Joanna Brame


  • Tue 20 Mar 2012 20:00
  • Thu 22 Mar 2012 19:00
  • Sun 25 Mar 2012 00:40
  • Sat 1 Sep 2012 01:45
  • Wed 2 Oct 2013 19:00
  • Mon 11 Aug 2014 15:30
  • Sun 6 Dec 2015 17:00
  • Tue 14 May 2019 16:15

The language of baking across Europe with the OU

The language of baking across Europe with the OU

Find out how the Bikers broke through the language barrier with the Open University.