Harrisburg - First-time contestant Helena Dueck of Ephrata, Lancaster County, came out on top with her apple-blueberry pie in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie contest on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Dueck bested 80 unique pies, judged by Barbara Davis, Carl Meiss, Noah Dibler Gorman, Lilli Ann Kopp and Debbie Chappell.
Pies were judged on overall appearance, filling (including consistency, doneness, moistness and flavor), creativity and crust (including color, flavor, texture and doneness). Each judge thoroughly tasted each pie to determine the first place winner.
Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs President Jim Davis explained that all Farm Show entries qualified at county fairs. Davis has been to all of the state's 114 fairs, adding that "each and every fair is different in its own way."
The winners received a cash award along with a ribbon. Dueck received $160, while second place, Lorrie Rauch of Berks County, received $100. Third place, Michelle Sepiol of Tioga County, was awarded $70. Fourth Place, Hannah Harris of Berks County, received $40, and fifth place, Betty Short of Susquehanna County, received $35.
Apple Blueberry Pie
Nine Inch Double Pie Crust
2 ½ cups flour
¾ cup vegetable shortening
6 tbsp. cold water
½ cup blueberries
6 cups sliced apples (half Smokehouse and half Macintosh
Mix: the ½ cup blueberries and the 6 cups of sliced apples.
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 tsp. flour
Toss with blueberries and apples.
Put into unbaked pie shell
Dot with 2 tbsp. butter
Cover with top crust and crimp edges
Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour
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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