The first sentence of this blog should clarify something: this Meningie Bakery is not actually in Meningie. There is a Meningie Bakery, in Meningie, which supplies this bakery – which is in Coonalpyn. So, these Meningie Bakery goods are in Coonalpyn.
Coonalpyn is on the main road from Adelaide to Melbourne, a couple hours outside of Adelaide and in perfect time to rest and have a donut stop. Its claim to fame is several large silos decorated with impressive art. Standing tall and proud these 30-metre tall murals depict Coonalpyn’s school children and “the hope for the future”. It’s outstanding artwork, and worth the stop to appreciate rather than just drive by.
Other than the murals there isn’t much else in Coonalpyn, at least not on the main street. There was a waffle place that was doing okay trade a couple houses down from the “bakery” as well as toilets and a parking lot – which were doing an even better trade. The bakery/post office/shop that had a couple loiters outside but most people had their attention directed elsewhere. I went in to get a donut and found them wrapped in clingfilm on the counter, sitting next to a warmer with a small selection of pies.
I have a bit of a rule about donuts, or any goods, wrapped in clingfilm – it rarely works out well. The clingfilm distorts the aesthetics of the donut for starters and also it means it’s probably not going to be fresh. But the women in the shop assured me the donuts had come in that morning – so I gave it a try.
And I’m glad I did. The donut was delicious and hit the spot. Goes to show you should never judge a donut by its clingfilm cover.