Prize Winning Pie Contest Recipes!

Our community held it’s annual Fall Harvest Festival this past weekend.  It’s our attempt to experience a bit of what autumn is like in most parts of the country… caramel apple-making stands, displaced hay bales, & store-bought scarecrows, all set up on a village green and packed with folks clad in summery attire and lathered with sunscreen (because it’s still very much like summer around here).  Kids had fun with horse-pulled hay rides, hoola hooping, cupcake decorating, sack races, face painting, pie eating contest and giant climbing apparatus.  (My son won the pie eating contest, by the way… sure does make me proud that my son can inhale a piece of apple pie more quickly than all of the other children in his age group).

Adults enjoyed the obvious… Oktoberfest beer & wine garden, pie and chili tasting.

Of course I had to enter the pie contest, and I encouraged my son to enter too.  There were two categories:  Fruit Pies and Non-Fruit Pies & Tarts.  I entered both categories, and I was a little worried that my son and I would be competing in the same category… wasn’t quite sure how things would play out if I placed higher than him.  Not to worry- the kid outperformed me!

He made his favorite:  Snicker’s Bar Pie.  This pie won a blue ribbon at the San Diego County Fair a couple of years back when my son entered it there.  This time he got a second place prize with it.  He was beyond excited… and I’m not sure if it was because he got 2nd place (or because he beat ME!)

I heard tasters raving about it at the festival.  It’s rich, and it’s GOOD.  And yes, it’s as fattening as you’re thinking it is.

Since the world is full of chocolate lovers, I thought I’d enter a chocolate tart:  Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Tart.  I piped some whipped cream onto the edges & stuck candy corn in there to make it look festive for fall.

It earned me a 3rd place prize.  I did get to taste it.  It was very good and very rich, and I’d warn that this one is reserved for true chocolate fanatics only.

I also entered a pie into the fruit pie category:  Deep Dish Dulce de Leche Apple Pie (adapted from the blog The Cooking Photographer).

I wish you could see the inside of it, but of course I had to deliver the pie perfect and uncut (don’t they know I’m a food blogger???!)  Picture spiced up apples tossed in sticky dulce de leche… oh Lordy!  I thought it might be  a winner but when I showed up to drop my pie off, I ran into a woman who teaches baking classes… dropping off her cherry pie.  Surely I wouldn’t have a chance against a pro like her, right?

The judges must have liked mine best- First Place Prize!  It was really fun to take the top prize, but it would have been nice if they spelled my name correctly ;)  We won a bunch of local restaurant gift certificates with our wins.  It was all for fun.  And there’s absolutely zero pressure being known as “RecipeGirl” in our community (excuse me while I roll my eyes).  Imagine the embarrassment if I hadn’t placed at all?

Recipes can be found by clicking on titles below:
Snicker’s Bar Pie
Chocolate Glazed- Chocolate Tart
Deep Dish Dulce de Leche Apple Pie

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41 Responses to “Prize Winning Pie Contest Recipes!”

  1. 1

    Eliana — October 5, 2009 @ 2:39 AM

    Congratulations. Uncut the pie looks perfect. I can only imagine what it looks like inside.

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    VeggieGirl — October 5, 2009 @ 3:16 AM

    MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :)

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    Barbara — October 5, 2009 @ 4:04 AM

    Fabulous! Congratulations! Love the comment about your son winning the pie eating contest!

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    kellypea — October 5, 2009 @ 5:07 AM

    Way to go Lori! Those are fabulous looking pies!

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    Liz Brooks — October 5, 2009 @ 5:17 AM

    Congrats, those look beautiful!

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    anushruti — October 5, 2009 @ 4:24 AM

    The pies look great! Its so gratifying to indulge little children in cooking up delicacies.

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    Ciaochowlinda — October 5, 2009 @ 4:33 AM

    Wow, that’s terrific. Congratulations. Now I’ve definitely got to try that apple pie.

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    Barbara Bakes — October 5, 2009 @ 4:46 AM

    Congratulations! How fun! 3 pies and 3 prizes can’t beat that. I’m putting this pie on my Thanksgiving pie list!

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    Elle — October 5, 2009 @ 5:20 AM

    Congrats to you both!

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    maria — October 5, 2009 @ 5:29 AM

    Congrats to you and your son! All of the pies look amazing!

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    Bellini Valli — October 5, 2009 @ 5:49 AM

    Congrats to you both. I see the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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    zested — October 5, 2009 @ 6:04 AM

    Since I qualify as a true chocolate fanatic, I’m impressed with any creation which has chocolate in the title twice. Looks amazing.

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    Andrea — October 5, 2009 @ 6:10 AM

    Congratulation to you and your son, that’s awesome!

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    Cate O'Malley — October 5, 2009 @ 6:39 AM

    Congrats to both of you – all the pies sound luscious!

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    Melanie — October 5, 2009 @ 7:14 AM

    Congratulations! How fun that your son was involved, too. I laughed at the sarcasm behind being known as RecipeGirl – I don’t think you need to worry. I’m sure you definitely live up to your reputation. Your recipes are amazing!

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    The Italian Dish — October 5, 2009 @ 7:29 AM

    Way to go! Great pie ideas – they look wonderful.

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    Leslie Green — October 5, 2009 @ 9:51 AM

    CONGRATS…too bad they spelled your name wrong!! grrrr

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    Phoo-D — October 5, 2009 @ 11:29 AM

    Congratulations! They both look incredible. Your son is a talent in the kitchen!

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    Jamie — October 5, 2009 @ 2:52 PM

    Congratulations!!! Well done…it looks yummy!

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    Sandie (Inn Cuisine) — October 5, 2009 @ 5:11 PM

    Congratulations, Lori! All the pies look & sound divine, but since I’m partial to apple pie (and the fact that yours took 1st place), guess which recipe I’ll be trying first?!

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    megan — October 5, 2009 @ 4:26 PM

    All 3 pies sound delicious. Congrats on the awards. I can imagine your son’s excitement.

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    ingrid — October 5, 2009 @ 6:18 PM

    Niiiiice! That’s very cool that the two of you both won! Congrats!
    ~ingrid

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    nina — October 5, 2009 @ 11:03 PM

    Well done, your pie sure looks like a #1 pie!!! Your son seems to be following in moms footsteps!!!!

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    Amanda — October 6, 2009 @ 3:14 AM

    How fabulous and fun! That’s so great that your son won too, guess I will have to put these pies on my to do list. Congrats on first place!

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    Kerstin — October 6, 2009 @ 3:31 PM

    How fun – congrats to you and your son!!

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    Paula - bell'aliment — October 6, 2009 @ 7:09 PM

    How much fun is that? LOVE that your little man won the pie eating contest & placed for his fab pie! Naturally runs in the family! & a BIG Congrats to you (not that we didn’t think you wouldn’t win ;)

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    Sara @ OurBestBites — October 6, 2009 @ 9:03 PM

    Congrats Lori, that’s awesome!

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    sherri — October 7, 2009 @ 5:19 AM

    Lovin’ that Snicker’s Pie and congrats on your win!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — October 7, 2009 @ 6:53 AM

    Congratulations to you both!!!

    I should have KNOWN that was your picture on FoodGawker this morning!!! :)

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    Lynn — October 7, 2009 @ 7:03 AM

    Congrats to you and your son! Lovely looking pies, all. It sounds like a fun time for everyone. (Did there happen to be any of that apple pie left over? )

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    food librarian — October 7, 2009 @ 7:37 AM

    Congrats!! These are some awesome looking pies!!!

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    Patti — October 7, 2009 @ 8:42 AM

    Oh my god, I want to eat ALL of those pies now! The Snicker’s one looks especially good. :)

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    RobinSue — October 7, 2009 @ 12:09 PM

    I knew you would do it! Congratulations! I did see that Dulce de Leche pie too on that blog and thought it was a winner. I will have to check out all of your pie recipes and your son’s too!

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — October 7, 2009 @ 1:35 PM

    Way to go!! That is great~! WOW incredible entries! No surprise you knocked em dead!!

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    Laura Flowers — October 7, 2009 @ 3:48 PM

    Lori I am so happy for you!!! How awesome you won, and that I got to be a little part!

    Your Snickers Pie looks completely amazing by the way. Yum!

    Laura

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    Fran — October 7, 2009 @ 4:23 PM

    Love to seeing children enjoying food—cooking and eating!! Congratulations to both of you. Will have to try these recipes. I have tried many of yours, and their are all wonderful.. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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    Bunny — October 7, 2009 @ 5:48 PM

    It sounds like it was a fun filled day and how nice your son’s pie won a ribbon too!! Oh I want to see the inside of your apple pie!!! LOL!!

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    Jo — October 8, 2009 @ 12:15 AM

    I love your pies :) All of that looks fantastic. well done!

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    Jenny — October 8, 2009 @ 9:23 PM

    How exciting Lori!! Can’t believe I’m just seeing this, I’ve been away from twitter for a couple days and look what I miss! What a great recap of what looks to be such a fun day. Congrats on first place, hilarious about the last name typo!

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    Katrina — October 10, 2009 @ 5:51 PM

    Awesome–all the pies. Congrats to you and the boy! The apple pie looks divine. Love the shape of it.

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    Emily — October 15, 2009 @ 12:56 AM

    Wow! Congrats on your win! All of your pies sound delicious. I really want to try the apple.