TASTY: Simone Stewart of Country Crunch near Kyogle.
TASTY: Simone Stewart of Country Crunch near Kyogle. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Crunch time for Simone

ONLY six weeks after re-starting her business making naturally flavoured baked pitta bread, Simone Stewart is already fielding calls from retailers in Sydney.

Based near Kyogle Ms Stewart has converted the rumpus room of her house into a commercial kitchen to produce her Country Crunch.

She also delivers the stock herself travelling as far north as Pottsville and Ocean Shores.

Ms Stewart sold the bread at the markets 10 years ago before taking a break to study Agriculture, Organic Farming and Permaculture.

"I have always enjoyed baking starting from when I was very young," she said. "I'm pleased that it's again playing a major role in my life."

Ms Stewart spent a considerable amount of time perfecting her baking technique and keeps it a closely guarded secret.

"My priority is to find and apply flavours without using anything artificial, dehydrated or GM and still maintain a high level of flavour," she said.

Aside from producing Country Crunch Ms Stewart grows and markets certified organic garlic through her company Stedi Ridge organics.

"I grow the garlic for six months of the year and now that I have finished study I wanted to diversify into something that doesn't rely on the weather," she said.

Country Crunch comes in four flavours: roasted garlic and oregano, mild sweet chilli, vintage cheese and chives and olive oil and rosemary. Ms Stewart has been delighted with the popularity of her bread.

"At present all the money is going back into the business to scale up production to meet demand and still keep the quality," she said.

Country Crunch - 0417 671 282.



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