A note on the judges – there was me, from Plimoth Plantation
There was Doris Cooper of Clarkson Potter Publishing
and the third judge was Darra Goldstein of Williams College and Cured magazine
I’m pretty much listing the pies as I found them on the tables…..This is all from my (incomplete) and rather hastily scribbled notes and there are a few smears…..pie judging is not for the dainty or the fainthearted.
I also didn’t write down who made what pie, which I didn’t know until the prizes were being given out. Several people made more then one pie.
There were several not quite pies….
- Cherry Claflouti – a batter, not a crust. This is not the actual entry, which was more attractive …
- Medieval Brie Tart – Yes – Medieval Brie , although the recipe was old, the ingredients were fresh. From To the King’s Taste by Lorna Sass.More on this in a later post
- Apple Tart – this was a French Apple tart – rectangular and lovely. Crisp golden pastry…
- Corn and Zucchini quiche – This had an incredible Autumnal Yankee taste – first impression. I know, zukes and Yankees….but that is what my mouth told me. And now for the Pie Pies:
- Maple Walnut Pie – New England’s answer to Pecan Pie…..
- Smith Family Chocolate Pie – this was a cream pie with chocolate added. When I first looked at it, I almost thought it was pate – but the smell was wrong, and the label …. a good name makes ALL the difference sometimes!
- Chocolate Meringue Nut Surprise – two chocolate pies! – This had a lovely meringue and a chocolate custard base, as well as nuts. It wasn’t until the third taste that I found the surprise – BLUEBERRIES -Surprise! – little tiny wild blueberries between the chocolate and the meringue. This is why you need THREE bites.
- Apple Butternut – sliced apples and diced butternut squash . Very traditional. For a long time apple and squash/pumpkin were sliced up together in pies.I’ll probably do another post on the apple/pumpkin connection, too.
- Apple Bread Pie – had quite a bit going for it- but a better name might be ‘Ginger Apple Bread Pie’ This was an apple pie with gingerbread spicing….but I was looking for the bready filling…
- Grandmother’s Old Fashioned Two Crust Lemon pie – great crust and great lemon filling.
- Country Rumpkin – Here are my bite reactions:
- This would be a great cocktail!
- Why ISN”T this a cocktail – a rum and pumpkin cocktail?
- This is one great Pumpkin Pie – and I swear it wasn’t the rum talking. I may put rum into all my pumpkin pie from here on out.Alice Parker thought with the rain there might not be enough pies, so she baked one, and dressed like a gentleman – Alfred Parker – to abide by the rules. And she played the piano.
- Ginger Apple Moose Pie – The moose, to our great relief , was not the meat within, but the antler shapes cut out on top.