Tonight’s dessert was inspired by #gbbo technical challenge dampfnudel. It’s a German bread. It is a sweet bread cooked by steaming. I served it with home made custard and macerated strawberries. I love baking bread. The motion of kneading the dough is very relaxing. You can get the recipe for Paul Hollywood’s version on the Great British bake off website. #gbbochallenge #extraslice #scpbakes #homebakingrocks #weekend #german #breakingbread #sweet #dessert #foodie #food52 #wp

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High Country Harvest

I was very lucky to have been invited along with other bloggers for a weekend away to the Victorian High country.  During the colder months there is a crispness in the air while the sun  tries to shine through to warm up the day. It’s perfect for walks along the grape vines and eating delicious meals with great friends. 

During the getaway we were treated to fantastic meals made with fresh local produce and tasted  wines at local family wineries.  

Lunch (and our first stop) was at Chrismont wines.  It is nestled in the King Valley and is an inspiring destination for all lovers of contemporary wines, authentic Italian food and breathtaking scenery.

We were treated like kings and queens by our hosts, Jo and Arnie Pizzini, the owners. After having a few glasses of wines to taste,  our table was ladened with beautifully plated food.

Chrismont wines

251 Upper King River Road, Cheshunt

03 5729 8220

Our accomodation was at the Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway.  We stayed in a 3 bedroom town house with modern facilities.  After a long drive and lots of wines consumed, it was great to check into our comfortable accomodation to rest. Well, when I say rest, some of us took naps while others listened to loud music and sang our hearts out.

Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway

29-37 Ryley street, Wangaratta 

Tel: 03 5721 8399

That evening we headed out to a local bonfire and drank more local wines. Nothing beats huddling around a toasty bonfire on a cold night. A bonfire is the heart and soul of many communities. Giving the chance to get together and reflect on past and future harvests.

Village Bonfire – High Country Harvest Event

Moyhu Hotel

18/16 Byrne St, Moyhu

03 5727 9333

That evening, we were also invited to The High Country Harvest Festival Grand opening dinner that was held in the stunning historic Barn at Brown Brothers Winery. The barn is the very building where the first Brown Brothers wines were first made.  Executive chef Douglous Elder created a menu using the high country’s magnificent produce.  We were also treated to matching wines to make the night unforgettable.

The dinner room was set up beautifully and elegantly decorated with produce from local farm gates and  orchards.

Brown Brothers of Milawa Vineyard

239 Milawa Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa

03 5720 5540

After the gala dinner, we felt very special as were invited to the secret family cellar by owner Mr Ross Brown and his daughter Caroline. 

After a great nights sleep on our comfy beds at our accomodation, we headed out for breakfast in Wangaratta.  It’s a nice quaint cafe in the heart of his little town, with great views of the river quietly flowing by.

The menu was extensive and the coffee was great!  You can see, as usual, we ordered up a feast.

Cafe the PreVue 

66-68 Faithfull street, Wangaratta 

03 5721 2092

With full tummies, we went off to Walkabout Apiaries. The owner Roger Whitehead began his love for bees and honey at the age of 22.  This small farm gate offers up amazing local honey, beeswax candles, honey, pear and ginger cordial and Whitehead’s mead.

Walkabout Apiaries 

1531 Snow Road, Milawa

Tel: 03 5727 3468

As if we didn’t get enough food for our ever growing tummies, we headed out to Oxley to a family winery called Sam Miranda Winery.  Sam is part of the 3rd generation of a familythat’s  been making wines in Australia since the 1930’s.  Sam has been making wines on the current site since 1997.  Where possible, they source local produce within 50km of the cellar door to show case the flavours of North East Victoria on their menu.

Sam Miranda Winery

1019 Snow Road, Oxley

03 5727 3888

What a bunch of good looking people🙂 Here we are with the head chef of Sam Miranda Winery, Chef Michael White.

I would to thank rural city of Wangaratta for hosting me for the weekend. Also like to make a special mention to the lovely hosts of the cellar doors, farmgates, cafes and wineries where we were treated fantastically by the owners.  It was an unforgettable experience.  It was an honour to have been introduced to the local wineries and produce.  I think the highlight for me was when Ross Brown personally invited us to his secret family cellar at Brown Brothers.  An experience I will never forget.