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As Quicke’s cheddar meets Burts Chips, Tom Herbert hunts for the ultimate crisp sandwich

Amy Brice

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Marking the launch of Burts Chips’ brand new Mature Cheddar & Spring Onion crisps, made with Quicke’s Mature Clothbound Cheddar, the Devon-based cheesemaker has enlisted top baker and author, Tom Herbert, to build the ultimate crisp sandwich. Inspiring the nation to give their lunchboxes a lift, Tom’s recipes are now available online, along with a call for followers of the crisp sandwich craft to share their own creations with the world.

When it comes to the crunch, nothing can compare to this unashamedly carb-on-carb classic, so Tom has held nothing back, starting from scratch with a homemade wholemeal cheese bread, using freshly milled organic spelt flour and crammed with melted chunks of Quicke’s Vintage Clothbound Cheddar. The fifth-generation baker has even fashioned a faff-free beetroot pickle for the occasion, preserved in cider vinegar and kissed with the heat of a chilli.

Laying the foundations for his ultimate crisp sandwich with a slice of wholemeal cheese bread, slathered with Quicke’s Cow’s Whey Butter, Tom then adds a generous wedge of Quicke’s Vintage Clothbound Cheddar, followed by the hot pickled beets. A handful of salad then lays the way for the crisps, stacked as high as physics will allow, before the lid comes down with a crunch.

Having left it all out on the kitchen worktop, Tom now wants to put his ultimate crisp sandwich to the test. Encouraging others to share their own crisp sarnie creations on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtag #UltimateCrispSandwich, Tom’s top entry will win a Wild Baking course at the Herbert homestead, a signed copy of Tom’s new book, Do Wild Baking: Food, Fire and Good Times, and a cheese and crisp heaped hamper.

Entry opens for the #UltimateCrispSandwich competition on Wednesday 1 November, closing on Sunday 19 November. Full competition Terms & Conditions can be found at www.quickes.co.uk/pages/ultimate-crisp-sandwich.

Watch Tom Herbert introduce the #UltimateCrispSandwich competition.

Tom Herbert’s recipes for wholemeal cheese bread, hot and quick beetroot pickle and the ultimate crisp sandwich can be found on www.quickes.co.uk/blogs/recipes.