Like father, like sons
Food is the family craft for The Fabulous Baker Brothers, who have their father to thank for their foodie heritage
Crisp, buttery croissants, crusty white bread slathered with real butter and bowls of homemade Bircher muesli– we’re tucking in with Henry, 25, and Tom Herbert, 35 a.k.a The Fabulous Baker Brothers. It was all made at Hobbs House, the Herbert family butcher/bakery business, going for 90 years.
‘This is the food our father made for us,’ says Henry, the youngest of six siblings, including Tom, fifth generation baker and father to four young children (who, if they’re hungry for it, have a future in food laid out ahead of them).
Henry’s passion for food is just as strong as his father, Trevor’s. ‘Our father would make fresh croissants the night before then bake them off the following morning. Waking up to buttery bread aromas on a weekend morning is hard to beat.’
Breakfast recipe tips
‘Breakfast is a really important time for us,’ says The Fabulous Baker Brothers’ dad, Trevor, 62. ‘You’ve not got the pressure of the day on your shoulders. It’s when we talk things through and reconnect with real values.’
A proper breakfast or brunch in the Herbert household is saved for special occasions. ‘We start out with something healthy like the Bircher muesli,’ Henry says. ‘Then progress to croissants, bacon and eggs, coffee, the lot.’
Will father-of-four Tom be expecting similar treatment on Father’s Day? He laughs. ‘Last year my kids brought me breakfast in bed, which consisted of cold fried egg and a bit of bacon they’d all had a nibble on. Who knows what this year will bring.’ To see The Fabulous Baker Brothers’ great breakfast recipes, go to the next page using the arrows below.
Tom says: ‘Many people find Sherston loaf bread easier to digest because of the slow fermentation process, and the fact that it has fewer additives. People from my grandparents’ generation say it tastes just like bread used to.’ Swipe to the next page for the recipe.
Trevor says: ‘If you want fresh croissants first thing in the morning, make a batch then open freeze them, raw. Bake them off when you want them.
Henry says: ‘This is a throw-it-together, no cook recipe. Eat it within an hour – otherwise it goes a bit soggy.’ Put 200g muesli or granola, 2 apples, chopped, 2 oranges, peeled and sliced, 1 pear, chopped, 200g natural yogurt, the seeds of 1 pomegranate, 1 punnet fresh blueberries and 2 tbsp runny honey in a bowl. Mix well and serve.
All about dad
Give him a Father’s Day to remember with these great days out
Hunt for treasure
Dads who are big kids will love the excitement of tracking down hidden goodies – and a new idea has taken treasure hunting to the next level. Geocaching is a free outdoor treasure hunt across the globe. Players search for hidden containers called ‘geocaches’ using a smartphone or GPS. When you find one, you sign the logbook, see what people have left behind and share your experiences online. Type in your postcode at geocaching.com to find a hunt near you and start an adventure…
A stunning lighthouse and an eerie mine are just two of National Heritage’s unusual places to explore across the country. At the Roman goldmine at Dolaucothi in Camarthenshire, west Wales have a go at gold panning and see mining machinery left over from the 1930s. While Sunderland has the Souter Lighthouse, home to one of the most powerful lights in the world. Family tickets (for tours mentioned) cost from just £10.80. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk for more info.
Get revved up
Yes, we know it’s a cliché that dads love cars, but who doesn’t enjoy the rev of an engine? Just one of the unique motor displays taking place over the Father’s Day weekend is Harewood House’s Father’s Day Classic Car Rally in Leeds, showcasing more than 900 classic and vintage cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes. Plus there’s a funfair, food village and craft marquee for family members who aren’t wheely interested in cars. Visit classicshowsuk.co.uk for nationwide listings.
A bike ride with a difference
Make a Father’s Day bike ride even more special by following one of the many cycling routes across the country with added extras. Take the route from York to Selby, for example, and you’ll cycle through a scale model of the galaxy where an eight-foot model sun is suspended above the track. Or the 12-mile tour from Hamsey to Barcombe Mills, East Sussex, great for history buffs as it takes in wartime defences, Roman ruins and a steam railway. See cycle-route.com to find a route near you and choose according to difficulty ratings.
Get him out of the pub and into the brewery to learn more about his favourite tipple. Britain is home to some fantastic breweries, producing some 2,000 varieties of real ale between them. Visitbritain.com lists notable tours, including the Chiltern one in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, which includes a beer and food tasting session. If cider’s more his thing, take him around cider maker Healey’s press house, bottlery and jam kitchen in Truro, Cornwall for free. It has farm animals, a tea shop and tractor rides too, so you can take the little ’uns with you as well.
WIN A priceless Bond driving experience
Beaulieu National Motor Museum are offering a family of four a one-night stay at luxury four-star country house hotel the Montagu Arms with dinner at Monty’s Inn, a family ticket to Beaulieu, a goody bag and a money-can’t-buy unique driving experience in one of Bond’s Jags. For your chance to win click here or send your name, address and phone number to Morrisons magazine/Bond, PO Box 36, Plymouth PL1 2YU, to arrive by 30 June 2013.