The best gourmet pull apart loaf in the southwest is located at Terang Country Bakery.
The High Street bakery won awards for best gourmet pull apart loaf and best fancy white rolls at the 2018 Geelong Baking Show last week, which attracted 140 product entries from bakeries across the south-west region.
Terang Country Bakery owner and baker Brad Burkitt said the result was pretty exciting.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t there to receive the award as I had to head home to get some sleep to bake again in the morning,” he said. “But it’s a really good result.”
Mr Burkitt starts the day at 1am and bakes everything from his prize winning bread rolls to vanilla slice. He has been running the popular bakery with Terang’s Gaye McVilly for about 11 months.
The pair took home two first place trophies from the baking show, which are proudly displayed next to a certificate for Australian’s second best hot cross bun – awarded to the bakery by the Baking Association of Australia earlier this year, and two of the best pies in the 2017 Great Aussie Pie Competition.
“I think we’ll have to get ourselves a trophy cabinet now,” Ms McVilly said.
As part of the pair’s win at the show, they received a visit from Stawell baker Chris Waack of Waack's Bakery.
Mr Burkitt said the renowned baker spent a couple of days in Terang, teaching some of his skills and fine tuning the bakery’s yo-yo recipe.
“It was a good experience seeing how he did things,” Mr Burkitt said.
The 2018 Geelong Baking Show was held at the Gordon Institute on July 4.