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Benalla slice takes cake

Benalla’s Bertalli Alpine Breads won the award for the best vanilla slice at the Victorian Baking Show held in Shepparton last month.

CHLOE WARBURTON March 5, 2014 4:20am

Winners are grinners: Benalla’s Bertalli Alpine Breads owner Andrew Bertalli is thrilled with the award.


Bertalli’s Alpine Bread in Benalla beat the favourites to win the top vanilla slice award at the Victorian Baking Show last month.

The bakery joined several Goulburn Valley bakeries taking out top honours at the Baking Association of Australia’s annual show on February 22 and 23.

Held at Shepparton’s Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, the show featured more than 280 entries from 100 different bakeries in categories such as pies, pastries, cakes, breads, artisan breads and Australia’s best hot cross bun.

The hotly-contested vanilla slice award was presented to Benalla’s Bertalli Alpine Breads.

Owner Andrew Bertalli said the bakery was excited to win the best vanilla slice, beating the favourite, Tatura Hot Bread.

‘‘I knew we always had a good vanilla slice and to actually win the prize was fantastic,’’ Mr Bertalli said.

‘‘I think it was the texture of the custard and the crisp pastry that did it. To beat bakeries that have won it two or three times, like Tatura Hot Bread and Waaks Bakery (in Stawell), it’s a real feather in the cap.’’

Word of the local success has quickly spread and customers are keen to sample the award-winning slice.

‘‘Someone came in from Berrigan last week,’’ Mr Bertalli said.

‘‘She said when Tatura Hot Bread won the vanilla slice award, she had to go there and sample it, and now we’ve won she had to come over here and give it a try.’’

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