Hairy Bikers – Route 66 episode 3: In Oklahoma City, a classic T-bone steak is followed by a visit to the city’s Vietnamese community to knock up Vietnam’s beefy national dish, pho. On the third leg of their trip, Dave and Si are on the trail of Oklahoma’s famous beef.
After checking out El Reno’s unique onion burger, the Bikers hook up with a couple of fire crews who like to cook – especially brisket. An organic sweet potato farm inspires the Bikers to make sweet potato brownies, before they finish this stretch on a cattle ranch with America’s most iconic custodian of the land, the cowboy.
Hairy Bikers – Route 66 episode 3 recipes:
This dish is popular in the south west of the USA and has a flavour similar to baked beans but with a spicy twist. Delicious served with Cowboy meatballs.
Vietnamese beef pho
Beef pho is a popular street food from Vietnam, with its delicious combination of fresh ingredients and a spicy, rich stock.
Hairy Bikers – Sweet potato brownies
These brownies are packed with caramelised sweet potato for a sweet, fudgy texture.
- To make the brownies, preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Prick the potatoes with a sharp knife and roast for 40–45 minutes until tender. Leave to cool and then peel and mash until smooth. Weigh out 150g/5½oz of the mash, mix it with the vanilla and set aside in a large mixing bowl.
- Meanwhile, to make the caramelised sweet potato, put all of the ingredients in a lidded pan, with a splash of water. Add a generous pinch of salt and place over a medium heat. Cook until the butter has melted and then cover and cook gently for 5 minutes until the sweet potatoes are al dente. Remove the lid and turn up the heat. Cook, stirring regularly, until the liquid has reduced and the sweet potatoes are looking sticky and caramelised. Set aside to cool.
- To make the soaked raisins, put the raisins in a saucepan with the bourbon. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and leave to simmer until the raisins are plump and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Set aside to cool.
- To make the brownies, line a 23cm/9in square tin with baking paper and preheat the oven again to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
Method part 2
- Put the chocolate in a glass bowl and set it over a simmering saucepan of water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water. Leave to melt, stirring every so often. When it has melted, remove and allow to cool a little.
- Beat the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer until soft, fluffy and aerated. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Set aside.
- Mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together in another bowl, add the pecans and chocolate drops, mix well and set aside.
- Mix the butter, sugar and egg mixture into the reserved sweet potato mash. Fold in the slightly cooled melted chocolate. Then stir in the dry mixture and the raisins soaked in bourbon. Add the maple candied sweet potatoes and fold in gently.
- Scrape into the prepared tin and bake for around 30 minutes, until the top has set and is looking dry. A skewer should come out sticky, not clean or covered in wet batter. Leave to cool then drizzle with the melted dark and white chocolate. Cut into squares and serve (or keep until the next day when they will taste at their best).