Utahns with a talent for producing their own tasty desserts may win as much as $25 just by sharing the recipe.
As part of the Deseret News Home and Summer Living Show, the newspaper is sponsoring a "Bake-Off Bonanza" as it searches for new and different ideas for desserts.Categories include one for cakes, two for pies, and two for cookies. Judges will be Al Church, Deseret News restaurant critic; Susan Montgomery of the Utah Dairy Commission, and Ellen Furgis, prominent Utahn associated with such programs as the annual Greek Festival.
Directed by Deseret News food editor Ann Whiting Allen, the bake-off is just one of the many events - along with scores of booths - in this year's Deseret News Home and Summer Living Show in the Salt Palace.
The show is open May 4 from 2 to 9:30 p.m.; May 5 from noon to 9:30 p.m.; May 6 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and May 7 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
For the dessert contest, all recipes must be from scratch - no mixes or mix combinations will be accepted. Entries should include the complete recipe along with the contestant's name, address and telephone number.
There is no limit on the number of different entries or categories that may be submitted. They must be taken to the Salt Palace Saturday, May 6, by 12 noon.
All cakes will be entered in one category, including round, square or layer, while the pie category will include those with pastry crusts and those made with cracker or cookie crusts. In the cookie category, entries may be brownies or other bar cookies, or drop, shaped and rolled cookies.
Judging will be based on the following guidelines with a maximum of 100 points for each entry:
Overall appeal - Do ingredients, preparation, methods and overall flavor and appearance fit the way we live today (economy, practicality, versatility). 15 points maximum.
Ease of preparation - Is the preparation simple? Are the recipe directions clear and written in a concise, understandable manner? 15 points maximum.
Taste - How does the completed recipe taste? Is the finished texture appropriate to the standard product? 40 points maximum.
Appearance - Is the finished dish attractive? Eye appeal is almost as desirable as taste. 30 points maximum.
First-place winner in each category will receive $25; $15 for second, and $5 for third.
Winners will be announced at the show Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. and entries may then be taken by the contestants. No refrigeration will be available at the Salt Palace so those entering the bake-off should plan accordingly, according to Allen.
Winning recipes will be published in the Today Section of the Deseret News at a later date.
In addition to directing the "Bake-Off Bonanza," Deseret News food editor will present picnic ideas on the demonstration stage Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. It will be one of many on different subjects.