Thursday, August 18, 2011

Second Place is a nice place to be!

Thursday, August 18, 2011
About 2 months ago, Brian drove his friend Maria Whyte (candidate for Erie County Clerk) to several summer festivals so she could meet some voters. At the Rediscover Amherst Street Festival, she entered a Blueberry Pie in the Best Pie in Black Rock contest and won first prize. This was the third time in the past four years she was awarded first place in this contest. Although I have never been a pie baker, this inspired me to try baking a pie.

The first pie I tried baking was a Pineapple Pie because Brian mentioned he tried one at a summer festival and it tasted delicious. Although my first attempt didn't turn out well, I kept trying until I found the best recipe for pie crust and filling. I found a recipe for the perfect pie crust online, which is wonderfully titled The Perfect Pie Crust. For the filling, I tried a borrowed ideas from several other pineapple pie recipes until I eventually came up with a very good sweet pineapple filling.

After perfecting my recipe, and having my husband and several friends try it and attest to its deliciousness, I decided to enter it into The Erie County Fair Pie Baking Contest. It was also a great way to visit the fair because Brian was able to take the day off from work and join me and the kids. I did not think I would win because I thought a Pineapple Pie was not a likely winner for a pie contest. To my surprise, however, I was awarded second place! We were thrilled and it was a great way to start our visit to the fair. Happy Baking everyone and enjoy the fairs and festivals this summer!

This is a picture on my Pineapple Pie.


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