From fluffy loaves to savoury pies, brothers Tom and Henry Herbert show off a new side to baking. With 5 generations of baking tradition behind them, Herbert brothers Tom, a baker, and Henry, a chef who runs the local butcher’s shop next door, take viewers into the heat of the British artisan kitchen and give them the inside scoop on baking, which have been honed through years of practice and passion. The boys roll up their sleves and lead fellow foodies through their delicious recipes packed with generous fillings, temting toppings and tasty accompaniments that bring in stacks of delicious flavours.
It’s time to get out the flour and ditch those cupcake trays because The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry, are eager to dish out serious tantalising eats inspired by British heritage that will draw even the blokes to the kitchen to cook up a storm.
Recently, both brothers were in Kuala Lumpur to hold a masterclass. I managed to catch them (thanks to Babysumo and I-mae and TLC) while they were in town. Boys that bake? *hands up for me!*
The Masterclass with The Fabulous Baker Brothers was held in Starhill Culinary Studio.
Tom (right), the eldest of six in the Herbert family, is a 5th generation baker who is passionate about eating, sharing and making bread. Henry (left) on the other hand, is also a 5th generation baker, former head chef of award-winning pub Coaches and Horses, and now a fully-fledged butcher with a mission to restore food culture in Britain through reviving good ole English recipes.
The two will combine their skills and expertise (and did I mention good looks?) to produce dishes manly enough for men and irresistibly scrumptious for the ladies. For now, forget about fancy fare and over-the-top presentations because when it comes to food, the brothers look for nothing more than down-to-earth, quality meals that satisfy tastebuds and stomachs.
Fresh out of baking college, Tom (36) won ‘Young Baker of the Year,’ heading out with a wealth of artisanal nous. His family business, Hobbs House Bakery, has won many prestigious awards and featured in the Independent’s top 50 food shops.
“With an insatiable appetite for family, for food, for perfectionism, and with a zeal for imaginative design, I am the bodacious baker, exerting a willful spontaneity that is sticking a polished brogue up the sloppy backside of British baking.”
Ex head chef at the Coach and Horses in Farringdon, Henry (26) is passionate about carefully sourced, good quality seasonal ingredients. Reviving old recipes is part of his mission to restore the food culture in Britain. He now runs a butchery.
“I feel it’s about time the British butcher had a shake-up, waking up to modern tastes and bringing back some of the pride this country once had in meat. Coming from the point of view of a cook, I feel I have something to offer the customer other butchers may have struggled with.
During the masterclass, Tom and Henry made Chicken Leek Pie and Sticky Sticks (which we would be making later) The brothers were so funny, just like in The Fabulous Baker Brothers episodes!
We too made some Sticky Sticks (which you find them in the first episode of The Fabulous Baker Brothers). The Sticky Sticks are doughnut like, drenched in chocolate sauce, and very easy and quick to make! Here’s the recipe.
- 400g water
- 130g self-raising flour
- 130g plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 20g caster sugar
- vegetable oil, for deep drying
- zest of 1 orange
- Plenty of caster sugar for rolling
- 100g dark chocolate
- 2tsp sugar
- 50ml cream
- 50ml milk
- small knob of butter
- pinch of salt
- In a pan, bring the water and oil to the boil. Mix the flours, salt and 30g sugar in a bowl, then slowly pour in the hot water mixture. Using a for, quickly mix the water in. you should have a stiff sticky dough but don't overwork it.
- Heat the vegetable oil to 170 C in a fryer or a heavy-based saucepan. Quickly with light hands, roll the rough into longish sticks.
- Place a few at a time into the fryer. They should take about 3-5 minutes to cook until they are golden and drispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
- Lift out of the oil, drain on kitchen paper. In a tray, mix the orange zest with a good amount of caster sugar, then toss with the hot sticks to coat.
- Place the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat gently. Stir until the butter and chocolate has melted and the sauce is smooth and glossy. Don't heat too much as the chocolate and cream will split.
- While the sauce is still warm, dip the sticky sticks and devour.
If you’re hooked on these charming lads and their glorious spread of food, you will be glad to know that The Fabulous Baker Brothers are set to return to TLC in early 2014 with season 2 where Tom and Henry get out of their kitchen and on the road to develop iconic menu items for cafes, restaurants and bakeries across the United Kingdom.
But for now, join the the wholesome, golden-crusted fun with The Fabulous Baker Brothers in the six-part series themed around – hunger, fast, love, long, cheap and hard – and ends with an epic battle known as the infamous pie war that sees the brothers go head-to-head to prove who’s the better man as they serve up their pie versions to hungry judges.
Catch Tom and Henry every Wednesday on TLC in The Fabulous Baker Brothers at 7.30pm. Encores every Thursday at 10.30 am and Saturday at 10.30 pm
More about each episode: http://www.tlcasia.com/tv-shows/the-fabulous-baker-brothers/
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