The Myall Street Bakery Café has produced some of the best-baked goods yet again, winning multiple awards at the Newcastle Baking Show last week.
Traditionally known for its tasty pies, the popular bakery in Tea Gardens can now also boast the best sausage rolls and pastries in the Hunter Region after wins in both categories.
Bakery owner Milton Churchill said a number of qualities contribute to producing his award winning sausage rolls but they only contain one secret ingredient.
“They have to have a good flavour, good meat content and a nice pastry, with plenty of sauce if you like that,” he said.
“I love experimenting when baking and that’s the secret ingredient – Love.”
The Myall Street Bakery also claimed third place for plain pies and wholemeal high-top loaf in a quality field of more than 70 bakers coming from as far away as Canberra.
Milton has over 36-years baking experience learning many skills of the trade from family members.
“I used to work with my father until he retired in his 70’s and my sister and brother-in-law are also in the business,” Milton told News Of The Area.
“We’ve kept it in the family with all the recipes we use family made.”
With a choice of over 23 different varieties of pies currently on offer at the bakery, Milton said he is always experimenting with not only new flavours of pies but also other foods.
“I’ve been looking at making crocodile pies with ‘take a bite from one before it takes a bite from you,’ as a tagline,” he said.
“I’ve also developed a passion for sourdough and I’ve created a breakfast loaf which has figs, apricots, sultanas, mixed grains and walnuts.”
Milton has successfully entered past competitions in Newcastle, Wollongong and Port Macquarie winning more than 20 prestigious awards for his baked-goods during his career.
With an obvious passion and talent for baking, Milton said he was now looking at taking on an apprentice to pass on his skills to someone who was interested in the trade.
“It’s a dying trade and needs new blood,” he said.
“It isn’t easy, but it has a lot to offer the right person.”
By Daniel SAHYOUN