Blue & Red Ribbon Winner!
I grew up in a small town, where the county fair was a really big deal. This year, I decided to suck it up and enter a baking contest at my own local county fair.
Procrastination is lame.
I talked about it for a couple years. I always thought it would be fun to enter a baking contest. Then I procrastinated, and procrastinated… and swore to myself that I would do it the following year. Which I didn’t. A few times.
Have I shared that I was a baking contest judge for a couple years? Why yes, I was. My lovely friend, Jennifer, organizes this “Amazing Scone Baking Race” at our local county fair, and also at the Oregon State Fair. She invited me to be a judge, which I thoroughly enjoyed!
Then I lost my mind.
This year, I wasn’t going to be able to make it as a judge for the show. Then, in a fit of madness fueled by yearly procrastination and coffee, I decided to enter the contest myself! Because kids, I’m crazy like that.
I baked my ever living arse off the day before the contest. I mean really, why prepare for these things? That’s what normal people do. I questioned my sanity many times, and tasted many a scone. I gave them away to friends and neighbors. I wanted to make sure this version of the recipe would work. It’s possible I won’t eat another scone for a while. Say… a week. Ok, ok, I ate one this morning.
Scones are really not all that complicated. The biggest thing to know is to work the dough as little as possible. Resist the urge to overmix it. This makes for great hockey pucks, but not so much for crumbly scones. Get it?
YES: Vegan AND gluten-free.
The scones I entered were in the “Free Willy” category, which means they must be gluten-free, nonfat, or sugar free. I’m working on my vegan/gluten-free skills, so this was a chance to see how I was doing.
We walked around the fair for a while, browsing the photos, canning, baked goods and lego building displays. (Yes, legos.) The boys were getting a little weary (oh, did I not mention it was OVER 100F outside?) So, we decided to go and watch the last of the scone judging.
I tried to act all cool… I mean, they were JUDGING my stuff. Finally they tallied the votes, and prizes were laid out. When they started making announcements, and I heard “Strawberry Shortcake Scones” announced, I think I shrieked. Then, my second entry, “Spiced Blackberry Scones”, was announced! My little country-girl-at-heart self was bursting with joy. This might be a small thing for some, but for whatever reason, this meant a lot to me.
I’ve made these for my family, with rave reviews. Somehow a ribbon makes it all the more special. And while I would LOVE to share the recipe right here and now, there’s some bad news, and some good news. Which do you want first? The bad news? Ok then..
The bad news: No recipe today.
The good news: My blue and red ribbon scone recipes will be in a cookbook!!!
See?? That’s GREAT news!
I’m SUPER excited, and I hope you are too. These scones are mighty tasty, whether you make the blue or red ribbon version. Also? They come with some ribbons. I’ve been advised to wear them around. While shopping. Um, no. But here they are in all their glory. 🙂