RECIPES: The Fabulous Baker Brothers take the calories out of classic (2024)

RECIPES: The Fabulous Baker Brothers take the calories out of classic (1) Self-confessed meatheads the Fabulous Baker Brothers are determined to put quark on Britain's plates [WENN]

SINCE their childhood growing up around the family bakery, Hobbs House in the Cotswolds, Tom and Henry Herbert have been passionate about British ingredients.

Now, the siblings, better known as Channel 4's Fabulous Baker Brothers, are championing Lake District Dairy Co quark, a mild, almost fat-free cheese produced by a UK family-run dairy.

Perfect as a substitute for butter, cream, crème fraîche or marscapone, quark is a crafty high-protein, low-calorie addition to a range of dishes from pasta to puddings.

Here the Herberts share their lighter take on warming winter fare such as moussaka, carrot cake and pasta. Bon appetit!

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“Tasty sausages, fiery peppers, creamy quark, served with pasta, STOP IT, we give in! This dish is stupidly easy to make and soooo tasty it needs a warning.”

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

6 herby sausages

1 red onion

2 cloves garlic

2 red peppers

Pinch of dried chilli

150ml white wine

250g quark

50g grated parmesan

Olive oil

600g tagliatelle

Bunch parsley


First chop all the veg, dice the onion and garlic. Slice the peppers thinly and chop the parsley

Heat a frying pan and add the oil. Split the sausage skins and remove the meat. Add to the pan and start to fry. When it starts to take on colour add the dried chilli. Frying the spices releases the oil and fragrance.

Add the onion and garlic and continue to fry until all is starting to crisp up. Add the peppers and shizzle it around the pan. The peppers will take around 15 minutes to cook so turn the heat down slightly

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to packet instructions and remember to season the water. Pour the wine into the sausage pan. Bring to the boil and reduce the liquid down.

Drain the pasta and add to the frying pan. Add the quark, parmesan and chopped parsley.

Season with salt and pepper and give it a good mix before serving.

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“Everyone loves pancakes, whatever the time of year. The sneaky addition of quark makes these pancakes the juiciest flippin pancakes in town. You’d better make a stack because everyone’s going to want just one more.”

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

2 eggs separated

1 tsp icing sugar

Pinch of salt

50g quark

80ml of milk

100g plus of plain flour (extra if needed)

1/4tsp baking powder

Tray blueberries

Extra quark for topping


In a bowl whisk the egg yolks.

Add the milk and quark and mix. Add the sugar, baking powder and salt.

Slowly sprinkle in the flour whilst whisking (you want it to be the consistency of thickened cream). In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites for a few minutes until you have thick peaks.

Carefully fold into the other mixture, trying not to knock the air out. A metal spoon is the best thing for the job as it cuts through the mixture without knocking the air out.

Heat a frying pan and add some butter, then dollop in a large spoonful of the mixture. Fry for two minutes, turn over when golden and crispy and cook for a further minute.

Cook the rest of the mixture in the same way and serve straight away with a dollop of quark, a drizzle of maple syrup and a few blueberries.

RECIPES: The Fabulous Baker Brothers take the calories out of classic (4)Cheese on toast doesn't have to be a heart-stopper, this version uses quark and mushrooms [PH]

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“Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch, or snack time, everyone’ll be hungry when they smell and see the wonder that is beautiful fried mushrooms and warm melted quark oozing between the toast. Quark is the guilt-free and delicious alternative to cheese in this recipe.”

Serves:1 - 2

Prep time:10 mins

Cook time:10 mins

2 slices of good country white bread

2 large flat cap mushrooms or 200g wild mushrooms

2 cloves of garlic, sliced

Pinch of thyme

20g butter

2tbsp olive oil

100g quark

100g rocket

Big pinch of chopped parsley

Beef steak (optional)


Toast the bread. Heat a frying pan and add the butter and oil, when frothing add the sliced mushrooms.

Cook for three minutes until brown. Now add the garlic, thyme and season. When it is all cooking nicely add the rocket, quark and parsley. Toss together and spoon on to the toast.

These mushrooms would be lovely with a nice juicy steak!

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“Who doesn’t love moussaka? Made with quark this classic dish is transformed into something beautiful, with depth of flavour and none of the 'lifetime on the hips' consequences.”

Serves: 4-6

Prep time:25 mins

Cook time:25 mins


200g lamb mince

1 onion diced

2 garlic cloves crushed

1 green chilli

1 tsp of coriander, cumin seeds

100ml red wine

1 tin tomatoes

1 tbsp Worcester sauce

1 big pinch of smoked paprika

Salt and pepper

Olive oil


1 aubergine

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

White sauce

30g butter

25g flour

200ml milk

200g quark

Salt and pepper

1 bay leaf

50g grated cheddar


To make the mince: In a saucepan fry the mince in hot oil. When it's browned add the diced onion and garlic and chilli. Fry for five minutes and keep stirring so it doesn't burn.

Add the spices, red wine and boil the wine down. Add the tin of tomatoes, Worcester sauce and gently simmer for 30 mins or until it is nice and saucy like a ragu. Set to one side.

Heat the oven to 200°c /gas mark 6 slice the aubergine into 1cm cubes and season and oil. Place in the oven and roast for 10 to 15 mins until soft and golden. Remove and set to one side.

To make the white sauce: Melt the butter in a small pan. Stir in the flour and mix until smooth. Add the bay leaf and the milk a little at a time. Keep stirring on the heat so it thickens.

When all the milk is added add the quark and season. You should have a thick creamy sauce. If it’s a little tight add a splash more milk.

Take a suitable oven dish and add half the mince on the bottom, then a layer of aubergines and a layer of white sauce. Repeat the layers. Top with grated cheese and bake for 25 mins at 200°c/gas mark 6 until lush and crispy.

RECIPES: The Fabulous Baker Brothers take the calories out of classic (6)Mix flour and quark to make your own tasty pita bread, ideal with lamb [PH]


“Super quick and easy, delicious flat breads made with only three ingredients - flour, The Lake District Dairy Co. Quark and a pinch of salt. These doughy disks are a joy to make and with spiced lamb, a tasty sauce and a bit of salad, BOOM! You’ve got a totally awesome meal in your hands.”

Serves: 4

Prep time:30 mins

Cook time:10 mins

4 lamb leg steaks (200g)

1 tbsp coriander seeds crushed

Salt and pepper

Olive oil


250g quark

200g strong white flour

Pinch of salt

Small bag of salad leaves

1 jar sweet red peppers

1 peeled large carrot

Small bunch of mint

1 lemon

Olive oil

Quark sauce

100g quark

1 clove of garlic

Small bunch of mint

Salt and pepper


Mix the coriander seeds, salt and pepper. Rub all over the lamb with a little olive oil. Leave to marinade for 30 mins in the fridge.

Make the pitas by mixing the flour and quark together. It should be soft not sticky, so add a pinch more flour if needed. Knead for 10 minutes in a mixer or for 15 mins by hand until nice and stretchy. Divide into golf size balls and roll round

Heat your oven to the max 250°c / gas mark 9/10 with an oven tray or baking stone. Roll the balls out flat, around 3mm thick. Place directly on to the tray or stone and shut the door. They should take around three mins to rise. Remove and carefully cut open to eat.

For the sauce, crush the garlic and chop the mint. Stir through the quark and season. This will keep for a week in the fridge and is delicious with lots of things.

To make the salad. Slice the peppers, grate the carrot, chop the mint and mix the leaves in. Dress with lemon and oil just before serving.

Heat a pan and fry the lamb steaks for about three minutes on each side for just pink steaks. Do for longer if you prefer more well done. Take out of the pan and rest for a few minutes before slicing.

Split the pitas, load with salad and lamb. Drizzle on quark sauce and eat quickly.

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“Carrot cake is one of the nation’s favorites, dark, moist, a hint of spice and bite from the carrot. This great traditional cake is taken to the next level with luscious quark replacing the butter, making this perfect afternoon treat even more delicious and healthier than the original.”

Serves:1 cake or 18 muffins

Prep time: 25 mins

Cook time:40 mins

The cake

125g muscovado sugar

125ml sunflower oil

250g quark

2 eggs

250g spelt flour

2tsp baking powder

1tsp bicarbonate soda

Pinch of vanilla salt

100g raisins

3 medium grated carrots

50g desiccated coconut

The icing

300g icing sugar

100g unsalted butter

50g quark

1tbs honey

Make in either a small deep roasting tin or 18 muffin cases


Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas mark 4.

Whisk together the sugar and sunflower oil, add to this the eggs then quark. Next add all the other dry ingredients followed by the raisins, carrot and coconut.

Stir well and pour into a small, deep lined roasting tray, or cased muffin tin.

Place on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 30 to 40 mins until golden and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Once the cake or muffins have cooled, sieve the icing sugar into a mixing bowl then add the quark, butter and honey and mix well until smooth.

Top your cake or muffins with the icing

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“Similar to panna cotta but so much better, quark just gives this little pud a tasty edge.”


Prep time:30 mins

Cook time:set overnight

600ml The Lake District Dairy Co. Quark

400ml double cream

400ml milk

7 bronze gelatine leaves

200g sugar

1 vanilla pod

Lemon juice splash


In a large pan heat milk, cream and vanilla, when it’s near the boil remove from the heat and leave to infuse.

Fill a bowl with cold water and leaf by leaf add the gelatine, this softens the gelatine. Remove from the water and squeeze the excess water off.

When the milk has cooled slightly stir in the sugar followed by the gelatine, if the gelatine goes in too hot it can affect its setting properties, too cold and it won't melt properly.

When the mixture is room temperature, stir in quark and lemon juice.

Divide the mixture into 12 small moulds, place in the fridge and leave over night to set. They will last for five days, but tend to get tougher the longer they’re left.

To un-mould, dip the base in a pot of hot water for 20 secs, turn over and shake on to a plate

Give the plate a little shake and watch with joy as the little orbs wobble and wobble.

Lake District Dairy Co Quark is available at supermarkets nationwide. Visit

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