On the one day this week that I didn't have to bake for Fleur Cakes, the boys needed to bake for their county fair exhibits. I just can't get away from those dishes.
The boys each baked two things, a cookie and a "muffin method" quick bread. They both chose recipes out of my favorite baking cookbook, the Williams-Sonoma Baking Book. Samuel made the pumpkin bread and chocolate espresso bars.
And Peter chose to make the chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies and blueberry muffins. Both boys wanted to choose recipes that would be winners and they know that chocolate is always a winner.
And they were right. All their efforts won blue ribbons but Peter's cookie also won a champion ribbon!
And Samuel's pumpkin bread won a Reserve Champion ribbon.
But best of all, the Chocolate Espresso Bars that Samuel took the time to garnish with a bit of white chocolate (living with the Fleur Cakes kitchen, he knows that presentation counts) won the Grand Champion ribbon! That is the highest prize chosen from all the food categories and means it is also chosen to go to the Oregon State Fair in September. With this boost to their confidence the boys think maybe they'll keep up with this baking thing.