Right now I would like to share with you the baked goods I made for this year's State Fair Baking Contest and how they fared at the Fair :o) I've been participating in this contest for the last 6 years or so. The very first time I entered this contest, I made an Almond Upside Down Cardamom Cake. I won 4th place and got a pink ribbon. I was ecstatic as I had just started getting my feet wet in this thing called "Baking" and this sure was a lot of encouragement to continue and get better. I'm lucky in that I inherited a good gene pool as my mom is an excellent baker (and so was my maternal grandmother) :o)
During this time of year, I receive lots of well wishes and support from not only my immediate family but also from my friends and coworkers. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of them. Especially my husband for always providing me with honest and invaluable feedback.
Without further ado, here are the results. Drum roll please...
I've entered a total of 10 items this year. Although I didn't win any blue ribbons this year, a few items still placed. Soon I will start trying out new recipes for next year's Fair :o)
Here they are and their results (some of these might look familiar to you if you're in the same baking group):
|No ribbon - My mom's recipe for Orange-scented Sweet Yeast Rolls|
|No ribbon - Cinnamon Bubble Buns from Flo Braker's "Baking for all Occasions"|
|No ribbon - Whole Wheat Bran Rolls, adapted from Arden's recipe|
|5th place - Lemon Poppy Seed cake from "Rose's Heavenly Cakes" (and a mini Bundt cake for quality control!!)|
|5th place - Chocolate Espresso Crinkles, adapted from Nick Malgieri's "Chocolate"|
|No ribbon - Almond Financiers/Madeleines, adapted from "The Sweet Melissa Baking Book"|
|No ribbon - Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sarah Phillips' "Baking 9-1-1"|
|3rd place - Lemon Yogurt Tea Cake with Lemon Glaze, made with homemade yogurt, adapted from Molly Wizenberg's "A Homemade Life"|
|No ribbon - Banana Blueberry Cake with Grape Jelly Glaze and Lemon Glaze, adapted from a recipe in a Penzeys catalog|
2nd place - Chocolate Fudge Brownies from Nick Malgieri's "Chocolate"