Lady Hester make sourdough donuts filled with luxurious Persian inspired fillings. Expect pomegranate and vanilla custard, dark chocolate with salty pistachio, apple and cardamom jam, preserved lemon curd, saffron caramel, just to name a few. We open our commercial kitchen window (literally) in the Hobart CBD every Friday from 10am until sold out, and we have a stall at Farm Gate Market every Sunday. As well as other festivals and events across Tasmania. For more details check out our FIND US page. We also make mini versions of our delicious donuts for parties, events and weddings. Visit our ORDER page for all the info.
the donut journey
Our sourdough donuts are a labour of love. Although we use a small amount of commercial yeast, the main rising agent of our yeast raised donuts is our sourdough starter. After the dough is mixed it is given a first slow rise and then put in the fridge overnight, it is then hand shaped and left to prove before being fried, cooled and filled. All up this is a three day process, and one we take very particular care watching over. We also use seasonal and local Tasmanian ingredients wherever we can.
My sister Erin and I (Loren), started our baking business at the beginning of 2014. We had a cake stall at a few small markets on the East Coast of Tasmania. We had a sourdough starter and experimented with baking sweet breads until one day when we made a batch of sourdough donuts. They were by no means perfect, but they were completely delicious, and three and a half years later, we're still making them.
From the tiny local cake stall, to a cabinet bursting with donuts at Mona's Winter Feast, a weekly stall at Hobart's bustling Farm Gate market and finally, online ordering from Lady Hester's CBD kitchen, we've come along way in the past three years.
the original lady hester
The 'real' Lady Hester was a rebellious English aristocrat and one of the first female adventurers to travel through the Middle East. My sister and I love Middle Eastern sweets, but grew up baking traditional English desserts with our Mum and Grandma, so when we read about Lady Hester, we thought she’d represent our clash of English and Persian flavours perfectly.