There is a tiny little bakery in North Adelaide that has been making pastries for over one hundred and thirty years. When I first arrived in Adelaide I came across a little book called Adelaide's Secrets. I think I still have the book, but the chapter on Perryman's was one of the best discoveries I made. It is one of my must do's when visiting North Adelaide and continues to inspire after some decades here.
Perryman's baking has been carried out at 54 Tynte Street almost continuously for over 130 years. The building was erected by baker Diedrich Mahnke in the early 1850s and altered to its present appearance in 1868. The Perryman family took over the bakery in 1925 and the business stayed in the family for 3 generations until it was sold to Kylie and Conor in November 2011.
The original recipes were from the German tradition and its Streusel continues to be a specialty. A feature of the bakery has been the mini pies and pasties. They make a neat little vegetarian pastie. But also a very tempting array of cakes.
One of my Christmas indulgences is searching for the perfect fruit mince pie. I am still looking for the definitive version. A good excuse to buy fruit mince pies in every bakery I visit! Perryman's has a very cute miniature version. Two mouthfuls and it's gone. They are selling for $1.70 each.
Perhaps you have a special memory of your Adelaide secret. Your fruit mince pie favourite. Perryman's has been a local Adelaide landmark for the longest of times. It is worth a stroll back in time to find these baked temptations on Tynte Street.
Perryman's baking has been carried out at 54 Tynte Street almost continuously for over 130 years.