Apple pie contest part of Thanksgiving market

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When Karen Scully won the Creemore Apple Pie Contest a decade ago she never imagined it would be the beginning of a pie journey that would lead to her organizing the contest.

Scully, a Mulmur resident, captured the judges’ hearts in 2012 with a Dutch apple pie made using a family recipe from her great great grandmother, and topped with apple rosettes.

Using embellishments has become a passion for Scully. She said she loves to try different things, and has experimented with sculpting pasty and hand painting with food colouring. She uses cookie cutters, stencils, and even sprinkles. She shares her creations on her Facebook page, My Way is the Pie Way, and her Pie Baking Group, now has more than 15,000 members.

Scully said she has enjoyed teaching young people how to make pies, and inspiring others to be creative.

“It all started with the pie contest,” said Scully.

An invitation from the Creemore Farmers’ Market to elevate the pie contest, held annually on Thanksgiving weekend, has inspired Skully to secure apple industry sponsors and source prizes.

Pie entries will be accepted in adult and junior (age 13 and under) categories, with prizes awarded in both categories. Pies will be judged on taste, crust, filling, appearance, and the apple flavour.

Bring a pie to the apple pie contest booth at the Creemore Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Oct. 8 between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

After the judging, pie slices will be served to the public in exchange for a donation to the Creemore Food Bank.

Visit creemore.com for Scully’s winning Dutch Apple Pie recipe.

Dutch Apple Pie recipe: 

1 unbaked pie shell

5-6 small apples peeled and cut in eights 

Arrange apples in a circular pattern in pie shell. 

Topping: 

1 cup brown sugar 

3 tbsp flour 

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 cup 35% cream 

1 tbsp butter 

Mix sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir in cream. Spoon mixture evenly over the apples. Dot the top with butter. Bake at 350˚˚˚˚ F for 60-75 minutes. The length of baking depends on the variety of apples used. Macs will bake in 60 minutes and spies need 75 minutes. 

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