2019 Collingswood Farmers' Market Apple Pie Contest
|15 Pies (14 actual pies, 1 cheesecake) were presented for our consumption and judging.|
|Our 8 Winners: Judy Griffin (who took home prizes for classic and presentation!); Cindy Curtis; Alysa Drennan; |
Jennifer Ravelli; Michelle Higgins; Molly Handler; Sharon Martinez, Olivia Leuters.
1st Place - Pie # 1 LAST BLOOM, baked by Alysa Drennan, Blackwood, NJ. Gorgeous use of cut-out flowers further embellished with royal icing. The pie had looks, design, and taste!
2nd Place - Pie # 5 WEDDING PIE by Judy Griffin, Cherry Hill, NJ. Judy's handiwork with her lattice, flowers, and hand-tinted adornments go a long way to make her pies stand out. Judy's pies have looks, great tender crust and perfectly textured apples.
3rd Place - Pie # 8 CLASSIC APPLE CRUMB by Jennifer Ravelli, Haddon Township, NJ. This pie was the tie-breaking winner of our votes. Jennifer's pie had a lovely crumb and beautiful apple rosettes with a slight caramel glaze. The rosettes definitely made the presentation difference for a crumb-topped pie.
Anything Goes Apple Pie Winners
1st Place - Pie # 21 THE CRAN-APPLE CONFECTION by Michelle Higgins, Collingswood, NJ. Wonderfully flaky crust, with great apple texture, plus cranberries, it was neither too firm nor too mushy, Michelle's pie was a lovely home-made apple pie.
When going for classic apple, the judges stuck to the letter of the "apple pie contest law". Otherwise, the cheesecake entry might have just edged out a win if we were feeling the daring. Interestingly enough, we had only 4 entrants for the Classic Category. I'll give honorable mention to Robert Pandola, from Williamstown, NJ. His was called, CREAMY CARAMEL APPLE. He too entered the Peach contest this past summer, where we awarded him prizes for his peachy creamy cheesecake "pie". His work was a good as it looked.
Classic Apple Pie Winners
1st Place - Pie # 1 WEDDING PIE baked by Judy Griffin, Cherry Hill, NJ. As you can see, Judy does beautiful work. She took home a presentation prize as well as 1st place for Classic Apple.
2nd Place - Pie # 9 NOT MY MOM'S APPLE PIE baked by Cindy Curtis, Moorestown, NJ. This one may look homey but she really baked a fantastic pie. Great crust with apples that had the perfect texture. I would have liked to take the rest of this pie home to eat, warmed with either a hunk of aged cheddar cheese or a nice scoop of ice cream!
3rd Place - Pie # 11 APPLE OF MY PIE baked by Olivia Leuters, Bellmawr, NJ. Oliva's pie edged out 3 others that had tied for 3rd place. We actually had to have 2 run-offs for this category, the pies kept tying for 3rd place. This pretty pie with its golden gilded sugar and leaf topped braided lattice was truly lovely. I enjoyed how tender it was and not too sweet. When you taste 15 desserts, things too sweet or too tart really can test your taste buds!
Another year in the books. Next year, I'm hoping we will have a contest that not only has new-comers, but that we also do a bake-off of returning champions. Stay tuned and keep up the good work to all of our bakers!