Awards - $2,000 Crisco 100th Anniversary Innovation Award
We are once again, over the moon and back for our many wins at the 2011 American Pie Council Crisco National Pie Championships in Orlando, Florida! We won a total of four awards –Stephanie, our lead baker and I were elated that one of our favorites, Mommy’s Blackberry Raspberry pie won first place in the Berry category for Commercial Small Bakeries across the country. We again, were pleased as punch with our other Professional wins - First place in Open Category – Grandma & Mommy’s Pumpkin Caramel Apple Pie; Second place – The Farmette’s Blueberry Basil & Lime pie, and the biggie - Best in Show in the “Crisco’s 100 Year Anniversary Innovation Category” for Laura’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Caramel Apple Pie!
The Crisco Innovation 100 Year Anniversary Best of Show is such an honor to win! We won a great gift basket and trophy, $2000.00, and the coveted opportunity to have our recipe on the Crisco can! The award was given to the pie that best displayed fusing the classic and the new elements of pie baking in one delicious and innovative pie! It is something we do every day at the shop, so it was a good fit for what we do best! We are thrilled!
I cannot thank enough all our faithful customers that believe in what we do, and the amazing team at the shop that works tirelessly to make everything taste so yummy! And a huge slice of gratitude to our sponsors, the Cherry Marketing Institute and Dandee Printing for their generous contributions to our trip down to Florida! We honestly couldn’t do what we do without all of you!
Laura’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Caramel Apple Pie
My twin sister, Laura spent several years in British Hong Kong as her family was there for an overseas job opportunity. She had a wonderful experience with the mixed culture and foods of the myriad of people from across the world. Like everyone in our family, my sister was especially fond of the delicious and diverse food exposure. Fortunately, my sister had sticky toffee pudding for dessert one night with some new, English friends. She was enamored by its caramel moist cake and creamy sauce and had to have the recipe that evening! My dear sister is a wonderful baker and has delighted us with this delicious English dessert for over a decade now that she is home. After tasting this dessert, I decided a delicious fusion of this British cake with the All American Caramel Apple Pie would be yummy, and most appropriate given our past when England was our motherland. This innovative English-American apple, toffee cake -pie combination is indeed, unforgettable.
Eat pie, and appreciate old and new traditions!