17th Annual Apple Pie Contest
|All the winning pies!|
Top Row: Presentation Winners
Middle Row: Best Classic Apple Pies
Bottom Row: Anything Goes Apple Pies
Last year I remembered that after eating bites of 10 pies I couldn't differentiate between the pies and I felt sugar sick. However one learns a thing or two once you are a judge in tasting contests - eat a good protein filled breakfast. Take small bites. Feel free to spit out what doesn't taste good to you. Sniff, look, poke and inspect with your eyes before you eat. Drink lots of water in-between forkfuls.
|Judge Miss Mary ready to dig into the pies!|
She even brought her own fork!
|A young girl is tempted to touch and taste the|
a handsome pie
1st Place: #8 Sara Gate's "Sara's Blue Ribbon Apple Pie" This deep dish creation was decorated with an array of "maple leaves" that were dyed in autumnal colors to mimic the season's changing leaf colors. The crust and leaves had a beautiful burnish and good sugar sprinkle.
2nd Place: #13 Judy Griffin's "Not the New iPhone" Classic Apple Pie. Judy's deep dish pie was decorated with leaves, lattice, and a rosette crusted top.
3rd Place: #22 Emily Thompson's "Caramel Apple Pie" Emily is a returning pie baker and winner - having won several times at the Collingswood Farmers' Market Apple pie contest. Last year she and her mother both won in several categories. Emily is a serious baker with seriously fine skills, as evidenced in her beautiful arrangement of cut-out leaves and pumpkins adorning her pie top.
|Classic Apple Pie Winners:|
Charles DeFranco, Linda Binder, Judy Griffin
1st Place: #7 Charles DeFranco's "Mimi's Special" Charles is a returning 1st place winner, having placed 1st last year for best apple pie and best in show. When setting out to judge the pies, I made sure to not see who placed their pies onto the judging table so I could remain unbiased. I had no idea Charles had entered the contest until I found out he was the winner! In my notebook, I wrote, "Fantastic and perfect apples and sauce...the crust was tender and perfect. There was an almost caramel-like element to the baked apples..." The man knows what he's doing!
3rd Place: #13 Judy' Griffin's "Not the New iPhone" Judy proved that taste backed up the looks of this pie.
Other pies that were enjoyable (to me anyway!)
Pie #11 entered by Beth Dieterich - it had a tender crust, the apples were well-cooked and it had a pie and cake-like thing going on since the apples melded in-between and into the bottom crust and the crumb topping. I would have eaten the entire pie had it been warm!
Pie #16 entered by Nancy Catalio-Gudonis - the crust was tender and nice, the sauce the apples gave off was perfect and there was a hint of bourbon, or vodka, or maybe even vanilla. Whatever it was it was a nice back note. The pie was homey and delicious with a good brown colour.
Apples Plus or Anything Goes Apple Pies:
|Rikki Hein w/her apple and raspberry pie|
2nd Place: #22 Emily Thomson's "Caramel Apple Pie" Sweet and lovely, Emily and her pies are all around winners. In addition to caramel, Emily used blueberries in her pie. The pie was expertly decorated with cut-out leaves artfully arranged and then further embellished with beautifully crafted pumpkins. Both Emily and her mother are expert bakers having won multiple pie contests at past Collingswood Farmers' Market events.
|Melanie Whitley and Rikki Hein|
|The anxious contestants - many returning bakers from previous contest years here.|