dsc_0145Congratulations to this year’s winner, Pattie Flynn, a first time entrant in our Apple Pie Contest, who won with her Mother-in-Law Loretta’s Swedish Apple Pie.  She said it was one her husband’s favorite recipes of his mother’s and he was a very willing taste tester as she perfected it.  With her first place award she took home one of the largest prize packages in Volante’s Apple Pie Baking Contest history! In addition to our first ever engraved pie plate trophy, she recieved a $150 gift card to Volante Farms, plus a bevy of rewards from our very special guest judge, Ann of Autumn

Hills Orchard in Groton MA.. These include apple picking for 4 at her orchard including a VIP tour and a reserved picnic table on her visit, plus a copy of The New England Orchard Cookbook.  Pattie also reserved a spot as a judge at next year’s event.

Our judge Ann was joined by last year’s winner, Malin-to date our youngest baking champ, and Sarah from the Volante Farms Pastry Department, a graduate of Johnson & Wales. They enthusiastically went after the dozen pies, one of our smaller fields of late. They found Pattie’s to be the clear winner based on a combination of score for appearance, crust, and filling.

A close second place went to Zoe Lockhart, no stranger to the winners circle in this contest having placed in the top 3 three times in the last 5 years. She took home a $75 gift card for her efforts and is well on her way to being an All-Star baker by  our standards.

As is oddly often the case, third place was a tie, between past winner Tamara Takoudes and Vanda Alexopoulous. They each received a $35 gift card for their success. Best presentation went to past winner Irit Feldman, for her beautifully layered apple slices fanned across the top of her pie. Her husband must have been aware of the judges eye on this one as he was witnessed turning it to catch the light from just the right angle before judging began. Irit won a $20 gift card for her very attractive pastry.

Presentation Award 2016

Presentation Award 2016: Irit Feldman

Thank you to our contestant and judges, and everyone who came out to enjoy the morning with us. As always it was a ton of fun and next year’s is right around the corner! Following are the recipes for the top pies, should you want to get cracking on them now, to perfect them yourself before the holidays hit. In the meantime we really hope to see you on October 29th at our Annual Pumpkinfest to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. This year it is bigger than ever before with live entertainment all afternoon, refreshments, facepainting and more! For more info about it look here.

 

 

Here is Pattie’s Winning Pie Recipe:

This recipe was my mother in-laws ( Loretta ) she gave it to me on the day I married her son. I think she would be very proud to know that her pie won a contest.  We lost her 5 years ago and baking and cooking her recipes are some of our favorite ways to remember her by!

2016 1st place pie

2016 1st place pie

Loretta’s Swedish Apple Pie

 My mother in-law called this pie a Swedish Apple pie because there is no bottom layer crust. 

First coat the bottom of the pie plate with butter or margarine. Cut up 5 Honeycrisp apples and layer them into the plate. Sprinkle a little bit of sugar and cinnamon on top of the apples.

Mix Together –

  • One cup of Flour
  • One Cup of Sugar
  • One Egg
  • One and half sticks of Butter

Once all the ingredients are mixed together layer the dough on top of the apples.

 

Cook for 40 minutes at 350 degrees

Zoe’s Salted Caramel Apple Pie

2016 2nd Place Pie

2016 2nd Place Pie

 

 

Zoe's Salted Caramel Apple Pie pg.1

Zoe’s Salted Caramel Apple Pie pg.1

Zoe's Salted Caramel Pie, pg.2

Zoe’s Salted Caramel Pie, pg.2

Zoe's Salted Caramel Apple Pie, pg 3

Zoe’s Salted Caramel Apple Pie, pg 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanda’s Apple Pie

2016 3rd place pie-tie, Vanda

2016 3rd place pie-tie, Vanda

 

Vanda's Apple Pie

Vanda’s Apple Pie

Tamara’s Apple Pie

3rd place pie 2016, Tamara

3rd place pie 2016, Tamara

Tamara's Apple Pie

Tamara’s Apple Pie