2013-08-29 / Local & State

26th Annual Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest

Did you see all those apple pies at the Fulton County Fair in August? Our own hometown bakers created those special pies for competition in the annual Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest.

This year’s Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest winner was Scott Felix from Alum Bank, Pa.

Apple-Blueberry Pie:

Crust:

2½ c. pastry flour

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. sugar

8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter cut into ¼ inch slices

1/2 c. lard

4 tbsp. butter-flavored vegetable shortening

½ c. sour cream

4 tbsp. cold water

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1½ cups flour and salt.

Cut in butter, lard and shortening.

Add in the rest of the flour and sour cream. Add water until dough is cohesive.

Divide dough in half. Shape into a disk, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blueberry Filling:

8 oz. package cream
cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 pint blueberries
½ cup sugar
Mix sugar and blueberries, set aside.
Beat cream cheese with
milk and lemon juice.
Spread over uncooked
bottom pie crust.
Cover with blueberry mixture.

Apple Filling:

6 large apples, cored,
peeled and sliced
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup boiled cider
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. grains of paradise
1/8 tsp.cardamom
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. butter, melted
5 tbsp. pie filling enhancer
Combine all ingredients

Streusel:

½ cup flour
½ cup brown sugar
5 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cubed
¼ cup chopped pecans
Combine dry ingredients
and cut in butter, set aside.

Assembling the pie:

Flour work surface and roll out one piece of dough. Place in pan.

Add cream cheese blueberry mixture

Add apple mixture

Cover with top pie crust

Top with sparkly sugar

Place the pie on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes

Place aluminum foil over top of pie and bake an additional 30 minutes

Remove the pie from the oven and allow to cool overnight.

This pie contains cream cheese and should be refrigerated.

More than 100 fairs across the state are offering cash prizes as part of the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. The Fulton County Fair’s contest is a preliminary competition that leads to the selection of the final Blue Ribbon Apple Pie winner to be held each January at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show. This year’s contest was once again sponsored by The Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Board, The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.

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