This is the first in a series of stories from the roads outside Sydney, on the search for great doughnuts
Jam Doughnut @ Home Grain Bakery, Mount Compass, South Australia
My first real experience with a South Australian doughnut came on the road south from the airport. It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, and we were hungry. One of my daughters was craving a pie. What are the odds of finding a pie shop out here?
It was a roadside bakery called Home Grain Bakery. The name on the sign is super small – clearly, it’s not that important. More important are the words ‘Pies & Coffee’. Indeed, these were the very words that caught our eyes, especially those of my impatient daughter.
We each bought pies – I had the steak and pepper. It was mighty good.
There were loads of doughnuts in the display case. The jam-filled doughnut had my attention and was refusing to let it go.
Other options were available, including chocolate iced doughnuts, a custard Berliner and some cream-filled doughnuts.
They also had a ‘famous vanilla slice’. Very tempting, as I love vanilla slices, but I stuck with the jam-filled doughnut.
The doughnut had loads of jam – more than any other jam doughnut I’d had before.
The icing was vanilla – soft and very nice.
It was a yeast doughnut, deliciously soft, and incredibly big and bulbous. They make their doughnuts big around Mount Compass.
The service was very good – friendly and the staff knew their products.
They had a few stools inside to sit and eat, plus a couple of tables and chairs outside. There wasn’t much of a view – just a carpark and a busy country road, but sometimes you can’t ask for too much.
According to their website, the Home Grain Bakery at Mount Compass is one of a small chain. It began as a two-day-a-week pop-up and proved to be so popular that it now opens 7 days a week. I’m not surprised – it’s too good to only open 2 days a week.
As a first stop on a road trip, we’re off to a very good start.