Letitia Baldwin

Apple Pie Contest Reaps Four Winners

Letitia Baldwin

ELLSWORTH — All was still save for an occasional, barely audible murmur last Saturday as Hancock County District Attorney Carletta Bassano, Ben’s Store proprietor Sue Bennoch and Mariaville singer-songwriter Jimmy Barnes eyed and sampled 14 pies entered in the “As American as Apple Pie Baking Contest” held at the Ellsworth Public Library.

Sponsored by The Ellsworth American, the contest consisted of four categories. Entries were scored for: crust, filling, appearance/creativity and overall.

After much deliberating, the judges picked Bangor resident Meghan (Beardsley) Collins’ entry as winner of the two-crust, traditional category. Carol Mason of Lamoine won the nontraditional category for her Apple Strawberry Cheddar-Top Pie. Jessica Lindsay of Hancock and McCadden Morris of Bar Harbor tied in the juvenile division.

All the winners won contest aprons. Collins and Mason also each received a custom pie plate while Lindsay and Morris received $10 in cash apiece. All proceeds from the entry fees and donations for pie samples benefited the library.

The entries were highly creative and wide ranging. Some recipes called for Macoun, Cortland and Granny Smith apples and key lime juice while some bakers added vodka, cream cheese and apple cider vinegar to their crust.

“It doesn’t matter what the number is, they are all good,” Barnes declared, referring to all 14 entries.

McCadden Morris, 5, was the youngest contestant. His “Ooey-Gooey Baked Apple Pie,” topped with a few gummi worms, was a crowd pleaser.

Barnes gave McCadden a little something extra — a buck — and a piece of advice to the 5-year-old.

“You keep that dollar,” he advised. “You’ll never be broke and down to your last buck.”  To see all the recipes from the Apple Pie Contest click here.

For more arts & entertainment news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

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