Trevor and Jenah Ewert met while working at the bakery-turned-pizza place on Glengarry’s main street. Trevor was the baker there, and it was Jenah’s first job. They eventually moved away and started a family, but that little bakery was never far from their minds. When they returned for a visit, they discovered the bakery had closed, so they moved back and reopened it in early 2011. They soon outgrew the original space and moved two doors up to focus solely on the bakery arm, though you can still get pizza down the road.
The Bushies team produces traditional bakery staples such as white-sliced bread and cheese=and-bacon rolls, but pies are its real passion. Most start with steak and add kidney, mushroom, cheese, bacon and other fillings. There are also vegetarian options such as cauliflower, broccoli and cheese, and a tandoori vegetable pie. Quiches are made with Gippsland Free Range eggs from Glengarry North, and you can take home cold family-size pies for dinner.
At Easter, customers travel from near and far for the bakery’s hot cross buns. Trevor has gained a reputation as the Willy Wonka of hot cross buns for creations such as strawberries and cream, peanut butter and caramel, and caramel white chocolate. In 2017, the team made a record 76,000 buns, with $1 from every packet donated to the Good Friday Appeal.
Bushies is located on the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, so you can enjoy a morning ride from Traralgon to Glengarry and stop in for a cappuccino and a quiche, before making the return journey.
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