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Johnny Ripe

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published August 25th 2014
Purveyors of fine pies and pastries

The locals on the Mornington Peninsula have been dealt a dreadful blow. The crew at Johnny Ripe, purveyors of the region's finest apple pies, cakes and pastries are going on holiday.

Some of the locals have threatened to go with them. They just can't bear the thought of losing sight of the hands that make such wonderful, buttery golden pastry.

Little do they know that the foursome aren't going anywhere they are just staying home, and laying low for a well-earned rest.

When you visit Johnny Ripe, at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, and taste their apple pies you will understand what all the fuss is about. The pies are bulging with rich layers of home grown apples and the pastry is golden and delectable.

I went there because of reviews I'd read online, mostly from locals as Melbourne people are yet to learn about this unique and tasty place.

It was soon evident that I was somewhere special.The entrance is paved with drifts of yellow daffodils. There is an outside deck with a stunning view over the properties verdant green fields and orchards. Behind are hills and then an endless vista of even more green fields.

Such a wonderful scene for you to sit outside and enjoy the view.

As I had arrived right on lunchtime I waited patiently in the queue. There were trays of gorgeous baked goods, to look at filled with luscious pear and custard danishes, croissants, and French meringues so bulbous they looked like woolly fleeced clouds.

The orderly display of bottles of home-made tomato sauce held my attention as they were placed with military precision at equa-distance from each other like soldiers out on parade.

But it is what I hear that I find most fascinating. (Writers by nature are such terrible eavesdroppers.)

A couple in front of me mention that they have just dropped into buy lunch but just kept piling on their order. They take home roast beef pies, pickles, lasagnas and other pre-prepared meals such as confit of duck, tender lamb curry with a tangine style rice, croissants, loaves of crusty bread, and so the list goes on.

Suddenly the woman says "I suppose we don't need any more." Her husband looked at her calmly but replies : "It is not what we need but what we want" and they kept piling more and more goods onto their massive consignment of parcels.

They are not alone. Other locals walk out staggering under their pile of boxes. Some husbands look like doormen at a hotel when the lady of the house has been on a shopping spree and they can hardly see over the load of boxes they have to carry for her.

But few can resist tarts with fillings such as salted caramel chocolate, creme brulee, quince brulee and passionfruit curd. The family apple pies would easily feed a vast extended family of cousins, aunties and uncles.

There sausage rolls are the largest I have ever seen. No meek sausage mince here but a goumet filling.

Johny Ripe started in 2013 when two passionate foodie couples
Scott (a chef) and Alice and Michelle (another chef) and Adam decided they wanted to fulfill their philosophy of creating wholesome food and making people happy.

Source: Johnny Ripe

Quite a combo of desires. They succeeded and business is booming.

And in terms of keeping people happy they have lots of healthy and gluten free options as well as their sheer indulgences. Try their divine banana bread. I think they call them slices but they look more like slabs.

They source local food but grow a lot of it themselves. In fact a lot of what they make depends on what is growing in their orchard and vegetable patch. It could be figs, tamarillos, tomatoes, rhubarb, garlic, spinach and an array of herbs.

They keep free-range chickens and ducks hence the rich yolks they use in baking. Anything they don't produce themselves is sourced locally. They use only natural fertilizers and sprays, and their 24 free-range hens love eating any bugs while their friends the ducks take care of the snails. As for the Peter rabbits in the district their blue heeler, Maddie keeps them well away.

As well as all the incredible bakery foods and take home meals they also run the Supper Club.

This operates on Friday and Saturday nights as well as on Sunday at lunchtime.

This is like having dinner in someone's home. There are three courses but it is a set menu for $60. Generous portions sizes and BYO own wine. You can ring in advance and let them know your food allergies but other than that it is eat up what you are given. Which is always divine food.

So much so that they are regularly booked out.

I'll bet the locals would love to keep this to themselves but the people of Melbourne must know where to find this amazing place.

Forget the term Johnny Rotten, Johnny Ripe offers the best pastry this side of the black stump. Oh, those pies!

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Phone: (03) 5989 6515
Where: 284 Main Creek Rd Red Hill, Victoria
Cost: Goods are quite inexpensive those massive apple pies are $20
Your Comment
Ahhhh, salivating muchly! Next time I'm in Vic, I'm headed to Johnny Ripe's. You have just blown this secret out of the water ;)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 1934 days ago
Drooling already...Fantastic review Nadine!
by Joy (score: 3|1910) 1934 days ago
I can't believe my parents only live one road away and I have never heard of it until now. I must visit :)

Thanks Nadine.
by Lorraine A (score: 3|1599) 1934 days ago
Another one for my to do list ! U r just the food article queen Nadine !! x Hope u r well :)
by Jen (score: 3|2410) 1935 days ago
I go as often as i can because this place is outstanding. The food is definately to die for delicious.
by ekirk (score: 0|6) 1592 days ago
Lovely pies and setting!
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1444 days ago
Oh, Nadine, as a local, how did I not know about Johnny Ripe? Thank you for sharing...
by liztom (score: 0|8) 1935 days ago
What amazing cakes. Makes me hungry just looking at them. Great article.
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|109) 1922 days ago
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1734) 1935 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
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