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The Hairy Bikers: Bakeation - The Low Countries

Updated Thursday 7th August 2014

They biked to Bruges - and around the rest of the low-lying nations of the Rhine Delta - in search of baked delights.

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The Hairy Bikers in the Low Countries Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC The second leg of the Hairy Bikers Bakeation begins on the flatlands of the Netherlands where Si and Dave bake Lazybones buns beside a windmill.

They 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've tasted the chocolate delights of Bruges, including chocolate tequila cocktails.

The third country on this leg of their trip is Luxembourg.

Finally, in front of the Atomium and surrounded by curious Chinese tourists, they rustle up a mouth-watering pork pie with Riesling jelly.

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.

The Hairy Bikers explore the Low Countries on BBC Two and the BBC HD Channel on Tuesday, 20th March 2012 at 8.00pm; and again on Thursday 22nd March 2012 at 7.00pm. To watch online, and for details of any repeats, visit bbc.co.uk.

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