Bakehouse still the best

THREE hundred and sixty five days of practise, 168 hours of preparation and more than 50 hours of back-breaking hard work.

That�s how long it takes for Miami Bakehouse bakers to produce their top-grade entries for the annual WA Baking Awards.

The awards have their origin in the Northam Baking competition that started in the 1950s as a bread-only contest for country bakeries.

In the late 1980s, it was expanded to include pastry cooking.

Today, the Baking Industry Awards are in Perth and entries come from throughout WA.

The awards are organised by the Baking Industry Employers� Association of WA and every year the baking gets more impressive.

Among Miami Bakehouse�s first prizes wins in the bread categories were its ciabatta, and both the white and wholemeal sandwich loaves.

Winners in the sweet section were Anzac biscuits, caramel slice, cheesecake and chocolate mud cake.

Miami�s third year apprentice Nicole Schwabenbauer took out third place in the Decorated Birthday Cake section for apprentices.

All up, Miami Bakehouse took out 19 awards � eight firsts, eight seconds and three thirds � for goodies ranging from apple pie, savoury chicken pie and turkish bread to chocolate eclairs and sausage rolls.