News / Featured / Business / 10th November 2022
All hail the tart!
The Coonabarabran Bakery has added another claim to fame to a long list of tourist attractions - but locals have known about it for many years.
Thousands of people come through Coonabarabran each year to marvel at our tourist attractions such as the Warrumbungle National Park and Siding Spring Observatory.
But something else has put our regional town on the map...and it’s small, sweet and delicious!
Coonabarabran Bakery’s neenish tart has finished fourth place in a national competition held by travel website, Wotif.
It unveiled its top picks in its Uniquely Aussie Awards recently.
The competition gives people the chance to vote for their favourite local gems – be it pies, festivals, ice-creameries or, in this case, the neenish tart.
Coonabarabran Bakery finished in fourth place, with Gumnut Patisserie in Mittagong taking out the coveted first place.
Bakery owners Adam and Jenna Flood, although they were not even aware of the competition, said they were not exactly surprised by the achievement.
“Our neenish tarts are one of our best sellers,” Jenna said.
“We weren’t even aware there was a competition. But our neenish tarts are very popular.
“Without giving too much of the recipe away, they are handmade fresh every day with a big dollop of jam at the bottom and mock cream in the middle.
“They’re a bite sized, compact treat that a lot of our customers love.”
Adam said the recipe for their neenish tarts dated back as far as he could remember, and probably much further.
“We’ve been using the same recipe since Dad worked here, well over 30 years,” he said.
“Every month or so we get a particular truck driver who travels between Melbourne and Brisbane - he will stop in here on his way and pick up 30 or so neenish tarts.”
PHOTO: Jenna and Adam Flood celebrate their award achievement by sharing a couple of their neenish tarts.