June 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm
by Melissa Knific
And the winner is… Gale Collier from Redmond, OR!
Last week, I had the honor of traveling to Wichita, KS, to judge the 2011 Festival of Breads. The competition, which took place in the heart of wheat country, was narrowed down to eight finalists from across the country. More than 500 amateur bakers nationwide entered the contest, which sought the best original bread recipes.
In the end, Collier’s Quick Raisin Granola Breakfast Rolls came out on top. She was awarded more than $5,000 in prizes.
Sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, King Arthur Flour and Fleischmann’s Yeast, the competition was part of a day-long celebration of bread. Visitors could learn more about the essential ingredients used in bread making, watch the competitors prepare their recipes and watch cooking demonstrations. In addition, fresh-baked goods were sold as part of Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale; more than $2,000 was raised to help end childhood hunger.
The day prior to the competition, finalists were invited to visit a working wheat farm, grain elevator and flour mill to learn how the product travels from the field to their grocery stores.
Visit www.nationalfestivalofbreads.com for more information.