For those of you who have been long time travellers to the beautiful coastal township of Robe, you would have been all too familiar with Wilson's Bakery. Sadly, it is no longer there and hasn't been for some ten plus years. Whilst still owned by the same owners, they chose to retire the mixer in lieu of a creative space - replacing the once bustling bakery for an elegant gallery filled with beautiful pieces and art from local and emerging artists.
For me the bakery reminded me of my childhood visits to Robe, camping at the Caravan Park, long hours toiled away at the beach and the aroma and taste that filled my senses as I approached that bakery. I remember the sticky buns with great fondness and they still tantalise my senses at their memory. It was an icon of Robe and for many who visit now, they will never have the pleasure of tasting Nancy's deliciously decadent sticky buns.
Whilst on a recent visit, we spoke with Nancy who did give us the red hot tip that her recipe was available in the "Almost an Island: The Story of Robe" - A book of the history of Robe. She also mentioned that a restaurant by the name of "Gather" had her recipe and was making them.
Full of gratitude, I dragged my family along to the "Gather" to try these sticky buns and see if they were as good as Nancy's had been. I was excited at the prospect of reliving a childhood memory.
The "Gathering" has a lovely outdoor area where you can wile away the afternoon in the sunshine. I ordered my coffee and sticky bun and waited with anticipation. I felt giddy with excitement. On arrival I was impressed... it looked great and for the most part it tasted good. However, despite the efforts it could not compare to those warm, sticky and oozing with sweet goodness buns that have etched a permanent place in my memory.... It was not Nancy's and those childhood memories did not come rushing back to me. I still recommend trying the sticky buns, as it was a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the afternoon (with a bun or a glass of wine!) but if you never got to go to Wilson's Bakery you have truly missed out!