Monthly Archives: February 2016

Backblocks Bakeries and Beyond!

8.47am, Wednesday 3rd February, Murtho Road, Paringa , The Riverland, South Australia

Morning folks, just waiting on a toasted ham, cheese and pineapple sandwich – breakfast of roadtripper champions – at the Paringa Bakery and Cafe, in the heart of Australia’s Riverland……not a mile down the road from the fabulous old iron opening bridge across the Murray River. This place is an oasis of old fashioned great baked cakey things, toasted sandwiches, pies, pasties and ………great old school country service. It’s like going pack in time to where you left the main road because it was worth it! See for yourself….

New Paringa Bakery & Cafe…(the old Bakehouse and happy baker man sign is two doors up)

  
(Look at that excellent ute parked out front – that’s my ‘Big White’Ford Ranger……travelling well thanks a million)

The old bakehouse…

  
And besides top toasted sandwiches…..it’s the cakey things that grab you by your sugar eating eyes…

  
Beesting – their honey, almond cream and pastry version of the Barossa Valley Bienenstich..

  
Iced Vanilla slices…..with cream custard centres

  
And Fingerbuns – either with fruit (no peel….yay!) or without. I got one ‘with’ for rating later on…….along with all those that I wrote up from Monday’s run to Ballarat, and the ones to come from yesterday’s Sunraysia Highway drive from Ballarat to Mildura.

So it’s off to fill up with diesel, and I’m headed to Loxton to catch up with the Barich family, our biodynamic grape growers.

See you when it’s afternoon tea time, and I’ll get stuck in to that fingerbun!

Roadtrip! Fingerbun Run to Ballarat!

6.41am, Monday 1st February, Main Street, Naracoorte, South Australia

Morning folks, and sorry for the extended time ‘off the air’ – been feeling a bit sorry for myself as I recover from a knee replacement! But what better way to come back than with a Roadtrip to Ballarat to do tomorrow morning’s Bis Net Breakfast for Commerce Ballarat………and on the way……in search of The Great Australian Fingerbun!! I’m starting off with the Morris Bakery here in Naracoorte, and things are looking good….the bun is still warm from the oven, they don’t use fruit peel – a big no no as far as I’m concerned – and I’ve got the bun from the outside of the baking ‘mat’. That means a slightly crisp glazed outer ‘shell’ before the warm fluffy bun-ness within! Sweet buttercream icing with stacks of shredded coconut….a star start!

   
  
What a fabulous first thing in the morning window…..there’s a complete baking ‘mat’ of  fingerbuns.

  
Almost looks like a bun-ny rabbit…. 

 
Thanks Morris Bakery – a star start to the Fingurbun Run to Ballarat! See Ya in Penola, Casterton, Hamilton and Ballarat.
7.47am, SAME DAY,  Main Street, Penola, South Australia

Folks, welcome to the Windara Bakery – home of one of my very favourite cakey treats – the jam and cream log….. 

 
But today it’s all about fingerbuns, and the Windara example is stellar – no peel, in fact no fruit at all – it’s just a finger of fluffy bun, topped with a very broad brushstroke of sugary vanilla cream, laced with finely shredded coconut…..

  
And I couldn’t help myself – Windara’s marvellous variation on the finger bun….sultanas added, sliced and stuffed with fresh whipped cream, with a heart of either stewed apricot or Apple ! Technically this makes it a fruit serve for the day, I went with Apricot! 

  

Trust me when I tell you, it’s worth the drive to this country bakery….whenever you’re down in Coonawarra wine tasting, or going through to see the Blue Lake in Mt Gambier – do not miss the opportunity to drop in and buy up! 

  
  
Onwards to the Victorian / South Australian border, and Casterton.

  
9.30am, SAME DAY, Henty Street, Casterton, Victoria

Devastated! The folks from the legendary Herbert Bakery est 1987 – have gone on their annual two week break! Well, good luck to them…I hope they’re having a top time.

PS If you’re in Casterton, say hello to the gals at Say Grace Cafe – they did the catering at the recent Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend dinner, and did a sensational job. Have a look at the evidence – first the savoury canapés, second the sweet combo dessert. Some of the best edible things are happening off the beaten track Australia! Do the driving and check em out.

  
  
OK – seriously sorry I missed Herbert’s Bakery, but everyone deserves a holiday, so It’s on to  Kings Bakery in Hamilton for me.