The 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show provided new inspiration to commonwealth bakers. For the first time, the event offered a cornbread contest for residents to experiment with this favorite comfort food.
The contest was inspired when the owner of Good Foods, Inc., and a Farm Show executive were on a hunting trip. The pair decided that a new contest was in order, highlighting cornbread.
There are no preregistration requirements and the competition encourages contestants to use their imagination. Participants are to start with the "old fashioned" cornbread recipe and reinvent it to create a tasty, new favorite.
A panel of five judges evaluated the cornbread on consistency, flavor, texture, and aroma. The contest proudly boasted 56 entries, an impressive number for a first-year competition.
The first-place prize and $250 was awarded to Scott Felix of Bedford County. Angie Shaw from Dauphin County won second place and $100. Third prize went to Steven Berkoski, a Lancaster County resident, as well as $50. Linda Kitner from York County won fourth place, followed by Deborah Martin Berkoski of Lancaster County in fifth.The prizes were sponsored by Goods Food Inc. Buttermilk Cornbread ¼ pound of unsalted butter 2/3 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 cup buttermilk ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 ¾ oz box of instant vanilla pudding ½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375º F. Grease an 8-inch square pan. Melt butter in medium saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture. In a small bowl combine cornmeal, flour, pudding mix, and salt. Stir into mixture until well blended and a few lumps remain. Pour into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.