Harrisburg - Jon Kershner of Fleetwood, Berks County, topped 79 entries in the Hershey's ® Cocoa Classic Cookie/Brownie/Bar contest held Saturday, Jan. 8, at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Kershner was awarded $250 for his Chocolate Raspberry Truffle brownies, a recipe he developed by tweaking one he found on the internet.
A panel of five judges sifted through the entries by scoring them on flavor, texture, inside characteristics, outside characteristics and creativity. The judges included representatives from the Hershey Company, a culinary arts instructor and a previous winner of the Hershey's ® Cocoa Classic Cake contest.
Judge Connie Schuff has judged the contest for several years since winning the Herhsey's cake contest. "The quality of desserts is getting better every year," Schuff said.
Second place and $100 prize went to Sara Kurtz of Emmaus, Lehigh County. Daniella Juhasz of Allentown, Lehigh County took third place and $50 prize. Fourth place went to Taylor Pelissero of Finleyville, Washington County, and fifth place went to Ronnie Blavier of Tyrone, Blair County.
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Brownies
1 ¼ cups Hershey's Semisweet Chocolate Chips
½ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon instant coffee crystals dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup flour
1 cup Hershey's Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon Hershey's Cocoa
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup confectioner's sugar
1/3 cup seedless red raspberry jam
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup Hershey's Semisweet Chocolate Chips
½ teaspoon Hershey's Cocoa
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon heavy cream
Melt chocolate chips and butter in the top of a double boiler. Cool slightly. Beat eggs and sugar. Add chocolate mixture and coffee dissolved in water to egg mixture and mix well. Mix in vanilla extract. Stir in baking powder and flour until just combined. Spread in 9x9 pan and bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool on wire rack.
Melt chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler. Set aside. Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioner's sugar and raspberry preserves, beating until fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract. Beat in melted chocolate and cocoa until well blended. Spread over top of brownies.
Melt chocolate chips in top of a double boiler. Stir in heavy cream and cocoa. Drizzle over top of truffle mixture.
Chill 2 hours. Cut into squares. Serves 16.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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