So my world has been shaken, my ritual thrown into ruin and a tradition I have had for years comes to an end.
On my visits to the parental unit’s place on the South Coast of the country I always drive through Braidwood, it’s a little over half way and is always the perfect place to stop for food and coffee. I have for the last 5 or so years stopped at BRAIDWOOD BAKERY – it is a HUGE bakery famous for it’s HUGE loaf of bread and I always had a curry chicken pie and a coffee. They also have great toilets. But this time I came through at 8pm at night and the bakery was closed – I ended up driving on to Bateman’s Bay and had to eat at McDonalds – the only place open – this was horrendous.
I had a moan about it when I got to the parental’s and both of them piped up – you have to try Dojo Bakery at Braidwood on your way home. I mean how many bakeries can you have in a small town in the country?? Boy was I surprised – this was like stepping into a country town bakery – I imagined tumbleweeds to roll past but I also imagined it in the middle of Newtown – it is sooooooooo soooooooooo hipster
It is a hidden gem and is not on the street front – there is a small sign advising it is down a side alley and then you arrive at this amazing little place with a beautiful courtyard, superb coffee – I mean best coffee I have had outside of Sydney and also the best pie I have ever eaten. DIVINE
The little bakery barely fit five customers at the counter and most of them knew the owners, they were debating healthy food when I walked in and I informed them my parents had told me to make sure I stopped there. They only make one type of pie a day but also have a huge selection of breads, sour dough mainly and their hot cross buns look heavenly and on top of that they had yet to finish making the pies for the day or the apple strudels – I scored the first Lamb, Spinach and Fenugreek out of the oven – it was mountainous, just look and dribble – nearly worth a weekend in Braidwood for the pie itself.
They are at Dojo Bread, 91 Wallace Street Braidwood, NSW, 2622 and BE WARNED – THEY ARE ONLY OPEN 8AM TO 1PM EVERYDAY. They have a very nice website so suss them HERE. They run bread making workshops and claim the bakery is a bread-lovers’ paradise, with the sights and smell of freshly baked bread immediately bringing back long forgotten tastes and childhood memories. I completely agree – MUST VISIT IF PASSING THROUGH
I send my apologies to Braidwood Bakery but if I pass through between the hours of 8am and 1pm our relationship will be over