The anticipation is over! I won two fourth-place ribbons this year. Thousands of people enter these baked goods competitions and few get ribbons so I am pleased. I was a little surprised the apricot almond shortbread bars didn't get anything because I had people calling me on the phone telling me how wonderful they were. Judging at the state fair starts out a bit shallow-they pick the top 25 attractive entries in each category. Even though you can't judge a book by its cover, with hundreds of entries in one category they can't taste them all. I am hoping my apricot almond shortbread bars wound up in the top 25 so at least I will get a score card mailed to me from the judges showing me where I can improve next time. One thing I have vowed to do this year: Practice baking during the winter so my recipes are nailed down before it hits 90°!!!
Here are the pictures of my fourth-place winners:
Strawberry Pecan bread
Banana Pecan brownies-need to brush up on my decorating!