Saturday, August 29, 2009

State Fair 2009 results. Drumroll please...

I appreciate all the "good luck" wishes I have received over the past week regarding the items I entered at the State Fair baking contest. Without further ado, here are the results with accompanying pictures. Enjoy!

Bran Muffins (didn't place)

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (2nd place - red ribbon)

Blueberry Muffins (didn't place)

Espresso Pound Cake (didn't place)

Caramel Turtle Bars (didn't place; won a blue ribbon last year)

Jam Thumbprint Cookies with Raspberry Jam and Chopped Almonds (didn't place)

Fudge Brownies (2nd place - red ribbon)

Banana Bars with Apricot Glaze and Chopped White Chocolate (2nd place - red ribbon)

Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies (didn't place; won a blue ribbon last year)

Moroccan Butter Cookies with Chopped Almonds (didn't place)

Date-filled Cookies (1st place - blue ribbon) which you might remember from a Date Cookie Throwdown with my boss from a while back

Peanut Butter Cookies (1st place - blue ribbon)

Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship - Mocha Caramel Tartlets (didn't place); an original recipe that I created for this contest

Mocha Caramel Tartlets - puff pastry, caramel, ganache, and espresso whipped cream

The other 2 items I entered are Angel Food Cake and Oatmeal Cookies. Click HERE to see my previous post with pictures. Neither one placed, unfortunately.

All in all, I'm happy with the results. Considering there are about 2000 entries across all categories, I don't think I did too bad :o) And because I did well in the Bars & Cookies category and used C&H sugar for all entries, I also won 2nd place in the C&H contest. This means I won 20 lb of C&H sugar. Not bad, huh?


  1. Congratulations! It all looks great.

  2. Congrats! Everything looks great. Now what are you going to bake with 20lbs of sugar? ;)

  3. Wow thanks for the great pictures and letting us know about the fair. I think you did great..all though I really think some of your treats should have won a blue! The ones you got blue on last year and nothing this year is exactly what happened to me! Oh well you baked your heart out and everything to me look like a grand rosette winner..great job!

  4. Me again..I had to add I looked at your Angel Food Cake and the Oatmeal cookies and wanted to say both look so good! That cake is it! You are and amazing baker!

  5. Great job, Hanaa! Everything looks terrific, it's so much fun seeing the results! And 20 pounds of sugar is a wonderful prize, it scares me how much I go through! I love tres leches cake and look forward to trying the recipe you recommended!

  6. Holy Cow!! You've been busy, haven't you? Congratulations on your winners! Isn't it funny that some of last years winners didn't even place this year?? Anyway...well done!

  7. Thank you all so much! It just shows how subjective *taste* really is. Will do my best again next year and see what happens :o)

  8. Wow! I am so impressed with this array if treats! They all look beautiful. Congratulaions on such an accomplishment! Will you be posting recipes for any of them? Specifically the brownies and espresso cookies...

  9. Hi Hanaa, I think it's so great that you are a state fair entrant! All of your entries pictured look very good, extremely neat and carefully prepared, and deliciously appetizing. It must be wonderful to get recognition when you do well in a competition like that (I've never entered any contests, etc. yet). I appreciate you stopping in at my blog and I'm so glad you did because that led me back to yours! I look forward to many more visits here. I love the fact that it's so obvious you are a die-hard baker! Me too! ;)


  10. @Sarah: Thanks Sarah. I will not be posting recipes, however, upon request I'm willing to email the recipe or its source.

    @Jane: Thanks for stopping by, Jane. I'm very happy I found your blog. You are very creative and resourceful!

  11. wooo! 20 lbs of sugar!! that can bake a loooot of goodies!!

    i think you did great. your blueberry muffins had me drooling! and those caramel turtle bars. yum-o!

  12. I've missed you!!! (Just wanted to let you know - another flan is coming soon!)

    All those yummy treats and some didnt place?!?! Who are the judges? Gosh!

    I love everything you made -- and you made quite a lot! Very impressive. Congrats on the treats that did "place."

  13. Congratulations and wonderful job! I love the MN State Fair, it's the best!


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