A rural town more than 180km north of Melbourne is now home to the best Easter hot cross buns in Australia.
Congratulations to Mooroopna Bakery – which was also been crowned king pie store in the Official Great Aussie Pie Competition – for taking home the coveted 2015 Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun trophy.
Edging out strong competition from local bakers and interstate hopefuls, Bart Honig and the team from Mooroopna Bakery impressed judges by mastering a fluffy texture and getting the right balance between spices and dough.
The bakery has received an official presentation and a week’s supply of promotional material to celebrate with customers.
Held in conjunction with the Victorian Baking Show at GO TAFE, Shepparton, event organisers were impressed with a record number of show entrants and exhibitors, and an extremely high quality of products.
“Other categories such as bread, fruit loaf, pies and cakes were very strong, with big winners including Tatura Hot Bread, Euroa Hot Bread and Harvest Bakery, just to name a few,” Baking Association of Australia (BAA) executive director Tony Smith said.
Mick’s Bakehouse took out top gong for its plain meat pie and gourmet beef pie, with Tatura Hot Bread taking out both first and second place for its apple pie and vanilla slice.
“The BAA would like to congratulate all of the entrants for continuing with the high standard of product that the Victorian Baking Show has become known for, and look forward to seeing you all again next year,” Tony said.
This year, the Victorian Baking Show took a more hands-on approach, with two days of demonstrations allowing participants to judge their own pies, identify bread faults and master new decorating techniques. “The focus of these shows is on gaining knowledge – of techniques and of new machinery – which is why we also hosted an industry forum and an awards dinner, which also saw a record of attendees,” Tony said.