Everything is just peachy
|Pies entrantants #1 through #15 (9 in all, w/a few missing no-shows)|
|Pies #16-#25 (9 more, with more no-shows)|
Winners for each Category Recap:
1st Place - Robert Walker, Williamstown, NJ. Pie 7 Peachy Cream. His was a cheesecake!
2nd Place - Judy Griffin, Cherry Hill, NJ. Pie 23 Praline Peach Pie
3rd Place - Roberta Sykes, Haddon Township, NJ. Pie 25 Plain Peach
1st Place - Jane Walker, West Deptford, NJ. Pie 24 Peach Perfection
2nd Place (tied) - Kathy Fleming, Atco, NJ. Pie 17 Grammy's Peach Crumb Pie
2nd Place (tied) - Roberta Sykes, Haddon Township, NJ. Pie 25 Plain Peach
Anything Goes Peach Pie (peaches with other ingredients)
1st Place - Robert Walker, Williamstown, NJ Pie 7 Peachy Cream
2nd Place - Sara Gates, Collingswood, NJ. Pie 2 Gate's Blue Ribbon Special
3rd Place - Molly Haendler, Philadelphia, PA. Pie 8 Molly's Ginger Peach Pie
From Top Left to Right:
Robert Walker Jr., of Williamstown, NJ, representing his dad's (Robert Walker, Sr.) entry for Anything Goes. Pie #7, Peachy Creamy was an anything goes category and he took it to heart, entering a peach-topped cheesecake! Robert Jr. took home two prizes for his father, 1st Place for Presentation and 1st Place for Anything Goes.
Molly Haendler, of Philadelphia, PA. Her pie, # 8, Molly's Ginger Peach Pie, won 3rd Place for Anything Goes.
Judy Griffin, Cherry Hill, NJ, won for her #23 Pie, Praline Peach Pie, taking 2nd Place for Presentation. A small snafu landed her Anything Goes Pie into the Classic Peach Category, making it difficult to judge for that category. Hers was a clear winner in my notes - it was gorgeous with it's multi-colored floral motif and was perfectly crisp, sweet and crunchy all at once. Judy is a returning pie baker and winner from previous years.
Kathy Fleming, Atco, NJ - Pie # 17, Grammy's Peach Custard Pie. One of the two crumb topped pies in the contest this year.
Bottom Row, form Left to Right:
Jane Walker, West Deptford, NJ - #24, Peach Perfection. Many Market-goers will recognize Jane's name, face, and fantastic pies, as she is a many-time winner at our pie contests. She did not disappoint us this year, with a grand entrant featuring intricate lattice work of varying widths, along with peach cut-outs, leaves and peach rosettes.
Sarah Gates, Collingswood, NJ - # 2 Gate's Blue Ribbon Special. Another crumb-topped special, Sara's pie garnered enough votes to actually tie for 2nd place, along with...
Roberta Sykes Haddon Township, NJ - #25 Plain Peach Pie. Roberta also won two prizes, tying for 2nd place in the Classic Peach, and winning 3rd Place for Presentation. Roberta is another returning winner, having been in the Apple Pie Contest. Her pie was anything but plain, featuring a peach rosette swirled top, of peach slices delicately arranged in perfect symmetry atop her pie. Roberta returned from last year's apple pie contest to take home prizes this year.
Our judges and our onlookers, along with a smattering of the scrumptiousness we ate. It may look like all fun and games, but it truly is hard work having to taste so many desserts in a short amount of time. Looks may win a prize for presentation but a good pie, or crumble, or cobbler, or even a cheese cake, will always get several deserved considerations from the judges, especially from me. I am partial to the homey desserts and to anything that might stray from the traditional. Over-all a great pie with a flaky tender crust, well-balanced without being cloyingly sweet, with a depth of flavor will garner rave reviews.
My choices for winners were:
#5 - Susan Masarek Wilson, Collingswood, NJ - Summer Fruit Pie. I thought it was lovely with its intricate bouquet floral work lattice top. # 23 - Judy Griffin's pie, which won a prize! I loved the awesome colors #7, Robert's pie, noting it was a real beauty.
#24, Jane Walker. Beautiful, perfect crust and not too sweet. The peaches were cooked well. #15, Maya Kang. I noted that it had a really good crust. # 23 - Judy Griffin, again! Truly delicious.
#10, Emily Thompson. Emily, like her mother, Jane Walker, never disappoints with her baking talents. Her pie had the looks, flavor & the perfect blend of mixed berries and peaches. #11, John Magill. I thought it pretty and also loved the mix of berries and peaches. #7, Robert Walker - who also won a prize. Robert's was a cheesecake, not a pie but darn good!