Harrisburg – Deborah Martin-Berkoski, a well-known returning competitor, took first place in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Martin, who says she enjoys the competition, has been entering baked and canned goods at the PA Farm Show for nearly 15 years. This is her second time winning first place with one of her homemade apple pies.
Judges Pat Krome, Ena Bieber, Chef Richard Dingle, Sheila Miller, and Julie Intrepido Kmetz were looking for pies with the best appearance, texture, and flavor. This year’s winners were congratulated by Governor Edward G. Rendell, who also sampled several of the 77 entries.
“Which pie tasted the best, Governor?” asked one audience member. “The winner!” Rendell replied.
As well as compliments from the Governor, Martin took home a $160 cash prize.
Second place winner Sandy Mundis, of York, received $100. Lorrie Rauch, of Lehigh, received third place and $70. Fourth place winner Chelsea Hamilton won $40, and fifth place winner Catherine Ache won $35.
PA Fresh Apple Pie
3 ½ cups fresh apples peeled, cored and sliced
¾ cup sugar
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
20 Kraft® caramels unwrapped and melted
Mix the sugar, flour and spice; toss to coat the apples. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell. Top with the caramel candy. Top with the crumbs.
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon apple pie spice
½ cup chopped pecans
Mix everything in a small bowl. Work with hands to form crumbs. Put on top of pie before putting it in the oven
¼ cup shortening
½ cup butter
2 ½ cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup ice water
Mix shortening, butter, flour and salt with a pastry cutter. Add the cold water to the dough. Work with your hands to form a ball. Roll onto a flour-covered pastry cloth. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes at 375 degrees.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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