Thursday, March 12, 2009

L'Ultime Byron Bay

Byron Bay has some great restaurants, but is not well served by bakeries. L'Ultime retail outlet, a French bakery run by David, is a great addition to this bustling town. Although the boulangerie/patisserrie is tiny, one feels that one has just stepped into a little piece of Paris. The production facility is based in the Arts and Industrial estate on the outskirts of the city.

Apple Louvres under production

Ready to use butter puff pastry. Available in different thicknesses

No more aluminium cans....1 Kilo in a rippable package

Praline making...

Gas-fired, oil jacket kettle with paddle.

Worlds oldest in use 10 qt Hobart mixer, still in use!

Filled baguettes ready to go, all house-made fillings including garnishes and mayonaise.

St Tropienne, a traditional breakfast bakery popular in St Trop. Basically a brioche slab split and filled with orange blossom flavoured pastry cream, and cut into wedges.

Jaconde Sponge for gateau slices.

David et moi dans le patisserrie, sous laTour Eifel.

Display case.

Retail Area

Best baguette in Byron Bay!

Frest fruit tartes.

Individual brioches cooling.

Pear frangipain tarte.

Tarte production.

Tarte aux Fraises.

Selection of pastries for the morning.

Spelt pain de campagne.

Spelt Baguette.

Pain de Campagne.

Brioche ready to bake.

Danish varieties ready to bake.

Rotating rack oven.

Morning prep.

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Why this blog.....

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January to March 2009. I was on Professional Development leave from my teaching Job at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island Universtity. I chose to take a 3 month leave to visit bakeries and teachng institutions in Australia. Thank you to VIU and my union (BCGEU) for supporting this venture. The aim of this blog was to keep an ongoing diary of my experiences and share them with my students and colleagues. This sure beats coming up with a report and slide show months later. I mean "FRESH" is what baking is all about! Learned to bake back in 1978....making granola...but that is another story. .