By Jeremy Rochow
Last updated on: January 23, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Can you imagine a summer road trip without a stop at the bakery? You can’t can you. It doesn’t matter where you’re driving, from the Adelaide Hills or Fleurieu Peninsula to KI or the Barossa, a summer cruise isn’t complete without a visit to the local bakery.
You might be a custard tart connoisseur or an apple turnover aficionado. Maybe you’re a traditionalist and devour a pie or pasty.
Whether you’re a vanilla slice enthusiast or go bonkers for a banoffee pie, SA has a plethora of top-notch bakeries. We’re unable to list them all but here are some of our favourites.
1. Port Elliot Bakery, Fleurieu Peninsula
On weekends and public holidays, it’s common to see a line stretching out the door of this popular bakery.
You’ll find all your fan favourites, from juicy sausage rolls and chunky mushroom and steak pies to creamy beestings.
Here you’ll find the bakery’s doughnut of the month. Recently they’ve featured Cherry Ripe, Caramilk, and white chocolate and Raspberry cheesecake.
Beware though, these delectable delights aren’t for the faint-hearted – consider sharing with a friend.
2. Tanunda Bakery, Barossa Valley
At the Tanunda Bakery you’ll find all the usual classics as well as traditional German breads, pretzels and Bienenstich (bee sting).
While the kransky isn’t traditionally German, the Tanunda Bakery still sells the sausage wrapped in exceptional flaky puff pastry.
3. Clare Rise Bakery 1895, Clare Valley
If you’re looking for a seasonal menu, Clare Rise Bakery 1895 is the place for you.
Located in a stone cottage built in 1895, this bakery prides itself in using local produce, right down to the stone-milled flour which is sourced from Clare.
Clare Rise Bakery features fruits like quandongs and rhubarb on its menu, however, you’ll still find the classic meat and potato pie.
This baked delight is filled with chunky steak, mince and gravy and topped with creamy mash and a golden parmesan crust.
While you’re in the Clare Valley stop in at the Pike Wines Slate restaurant.
4. Home Grain Bakery, Aldinga
Visit the Home Grain Bakery for old-school favourites like steak and stout pie, and a silky-smooth vanilla slice.
All the baked goods, from an egg and bacon brekkie pie to classic minced beef, are made from scratch.
In a somewhat controversial move, the bakers have also whipped up a tuna mornay pie, so if you’re a fan of the classic fish dish, give it a go.
The counter fridge is packed full of sweet treats such as chocolate eclairs, finger buns and brownies.
5. Yorketown Bakehouse, Yorke Peninsula
Are you a lover of the humble lamington? If you are, visit the Yorketown Bakehouse which was awarded 1st prize for its lamingtons at the 2019 Royal Adelaide Show.
Not only will you be eating the state’s best lamington, you’ll also be helping our bushfire victims, with a portion of the profits going to the Yorketown Fire Fund.
6. Lobethal Bakery, multiple locations in the Adelaide Hills
If you’re visiting the Adelaide Hills, you’ll probably see a Lobethal Bakery at some point.
Established by German immigrant Helmut Trinkle in 1975, the Lobethal Bakery has since expanded, opening outlets in Woodside, Stirling, Mount Barker and Balhannah.
Expect to find freshly baked rye breads, streusels and one of South Australia’s best blackforest cakes.
Lobethal Bakery’s blackforest cake is layered with kirsch-soaked chocolate sponge, a rich sour-cherry filling and fresh cream – a recipe for deliciousness.
Don’t just come to the Adelaide Hills for the cake though. Help the region which is still suffering following last year’s Cudlee Creek Bushfire.
The Adelaide Hills is home to wineries, cheesemakers, a beloved chocolate factory and world-renowned motoring museum. Spend the weekend and take it all in.
7. Copley Bush Bakery and Quandong Café, Flinders Ranges
Many would agree that the Copley Bush Bakery is one of the best in the outback.
Here you can enjoy a hearty meal made form a variety of native animals including kangaroo or emu.