The best bakers: Contest showcases apples and home recipes

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GREENFIELD – A feast of pies, breads, cupcakes and more was judged last week, naming some of the best bakers in the county.

The annual Baker’s Best contest preceded the Riley Festival Sept. 30, but the overall winner – Rose Reiser’s honey apple pie – was also featured at the Mayor’s Breakfast Oct. 7.

The contest is hosted by Hancock County Extension Homemakers and sponsored by Tuttle Orchards. This year’s theme was apples, and home cooks brought in their best apple recipes to be judged.

Winners were Reiser, champion pie and grand overall champion; Bobbie Lawrence, champion for cookies/bars; Linda Parks, champion for both quick breads and yeast breads; Patricia Aavang, champion for cakes; and Everett Jarvis, age 10, champion for the other category with his apple bread pudding.