New Castle News

August 1, 2013

County fair to feature baking contests

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — It’s August — and that means the Lawrence County Fair is just around the corner.

The fair — this year is the 60th — starts Aug. 12 and runs through Aug. 17.

Lori Hites, director of the fair’s home economics department, said those participating in the home economics categories have to submit everything — except baked goods — on Aug. 7 and 8 for judging.

Hours for taking entries to the fair are 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7 and 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

Baked goods are to be taken to the fairgrounds between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10.

Included in the baked goods categories are four special baking competitions that local amateur chefs look forward to all year.

Following are the basics for these contests. More information about the home economics categories, these four contests or other categories is available by checking the fair’s premium book. It can be found on the fair’s website: www.lawrencecountyfair.com

Blue Ribbon

Apple Pie Contest

It is sponsored by The Apple Castle, which will provide a gift certificate to the first-, second- and third-place finishers. The winner is eligible to enter his or her pie in the 2014 State Farm Show competition. Top finishers there can win cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500.

The contest is open to any Pennsylvania resident who has not won first place in this contest at any other fair this year.

Those wishing to compete must provide a whole pie, but it does not have to be a traditional two-crust apple pie. A variety of fillings is encouraged, but the pie must include at least 60 percent apples in the filling.

The entries will be judged on overall appearance; crust, including color, flavor, texture and doneness; flavor; filling, including consistency, doneness, moistness and flavor; and creativity.

A recipe for the pie and crust must be submitted on a standard sheet of paper.

Pennsylvania

Preferred

Chocolate Cake

Baking Contest

This contest is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Pennsylvania Preferred Program. As with the apple pie contest, the winner is eligible to move on to the state farm show competition. Top finishers there can win cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500.

It is open to any Pennsylvania resident who has not won first place in this contest at any other fair in the current year.

The entry must be a layered chocolate cake made from scratch and frosted and it must feature chocolate or cocoa as a main ingredient. At least two ingredients must be Pennsylvania Preferred products and listed as such in the recipe. All Pennsylvania Preferred product labels, including the name of the product, must accompany the recipe.

The entire cake entry must be submitted for judging with the recipe. It will be judged on flavor, including aroma, taste, good balance of flavorings; texture, meaning a moist and tender crumb, not soggy or dry; inside characteristics, including even grain, evenly baked, free of air pockets; outside characteristics, including consistent shape, size, surface and overall appeal; and frosting, including taste, texture and even color.

Pennsylvania

Preferred

Chocolate COOKIE,

BROWNIE OR BAR

Baking Contest

Like the previous two special contests, the winner of this competition is eligible for the 2014 state farm show competition.

Unlike the other two, this is open only to Pennsylvania residents who are ages 8 through 18. They, too, cannot have won a first place in this contest at any other fair this year.

The entry must be a plate of six cookies, brownies or bars made from scratch and they must feature chocolate or cocoa as a main ingredient. Also, at least two ingredients must be Pennsylvania Preferred products and listed as Pennsylvania Preferred in the recipe. All Pennsylvania Preferred product labels, including the name of the product, must accompany the recipe. The recipe must be submitted with the entry.

It will be judged on flavor, including aroma, taste, good balance of flavorings; texture, meaning appropriate for the type of cookie/brownie/bar; inside characteristics, including even grain, evenly baked, free of air pockets; outside characteristics, including consistent shape, size, surface and overall appeal; and creativity.

SPECIAL

BAKING CONTEST

SUGAR AND SPICE CAKE

This competition is sponsored by the Hites family in memory of Virginia Worrell.

Those participating must submit an entire cake made from the following recipe:

 

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

 

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and side of disposable, foil pan — round 9 by 1 1/2 inches or square 8 by 8 by 2 inches — with shortening and lightly flour.

Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in bowl. Cut in shortening, using pastry cutter or crisscrossing two knives, until mixture is size of small peas; reserve 1/3 cup.

Stir remaining ingredients into flour mixture with spoon until well blended. Pour into pan. Sprinkle reserved flour mixture over the top.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.