There is something wonderful about the standard ol’ Australian bakery; they are wholesome, family-run establishments that unite a community. This blog came from my passion for donuts, as well as the motivation to help promote these local South Australian businesses. It became a pet project between myself and my husband, providing us an opportunity to explore South Australia whilst stuffing our faces with donuts along the way.
Back in 2014, when I first came to Australia, my good friend made it her mission to show me around. We travelled into the hills, through the wine regions, and strolled many beaches. On our journeys, we would always stop at the nearest bakery for refreshment and energy. One such adventure took us to Strathalbyn to visit the antique stores. Picking a bakery at random I grabbed a donut to enjoy in the winter sun.
That donut, from Pestka’s Bakery in Strathalbyn, was the best donut I had eaten in my entire life. The dough, texture and icing was perfection. I couldn’t believe what a gem we had stumbled upon.
Years later, I still held this donut in high esteem, as my Holey Grail. One taste, many years ago, held my memory and my heart.
The problem with memories is if you try and recreate them, that can lead to disappointment. Especially now that I critique donuts, rather than simply enjoy them, I grew scared to go back to Pestka’s. What if their donut didn’t live up to my memory and expectation? My Holey Grail would be shattered.
However, one must face their fears. So, on a fine summers day, we found ourselves headed to Strathalbyn for the sole purpose of rating this donut for the blog. A lot rode on this trip but we had to make that gamble. If we didn’t try Pestka’s donut –and it really was the Holey Grail – we could be depriving the world of an excellent donut. If it was horrible – and years of donut idolisation was broken – the mission would continue.
I’ll give it away now; I loved the donut. My husband wasn’t so sure. Was it the Holey Grail? For me – yes. However, I have to admit the aesthetics really let it down.
Whether it’s your Holey Grail, or only mine, Strathalbyn is a beautiful location. It is filled with lovely parks, charming buildings and interesting shops. Worth a little visit any day, with a stop for a donut along the way.