Photos by Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette A raspberry torte was among the four entries of 18th annual Germanfest Bake Off on Sunday. Cream puffs were chosen as the top dessert.
Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette The Chocolate Rote Grutze Windbeutel takes first place for the 18th annual Germanfest Bake Off at Headwaters Park on Sunday.
Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette The 18th annual Germanfest Bake Off is held at Headwaters Park on Sunday.
Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette After the desserts were judged Sunday, Germanfest attendees had the opportunity to purchase slices.
Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette Recipe books and cash prizes are provided for bakers that place first through third place during the 18th annual Germanfest Bake Off at Headwaters Park on Sunday.
Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette Judges Lisa Wolf, Chef Cornell Taubert, and Lindsay Miller taste the different German baked goods during the 18th annual Germanfest Bake Off at Headwaters Park on Sunday.
Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette Judges Lisa Wolf, Chef Cornell Taubert, and Lindsay Miller prepare to taste the different German baked goods during the 18th annual Germanfest Bake Off at Headwaters Park on Sunday.
The Bake Off entries were judged on a variety of aspects by, from left, Lisa Wolf, Chef Cornell Taubert and Lindsay Miller.
Monday, June 10, 2019 1:00 am
Sweet ending to Germanfest
Cream puffs win Bake Off
ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette
Chef Cornell Taubert, Lisa Wolf and Lindsay Miller attracted a small audience Sunday as they speared bites of German baked goods with plastic forks and mulled various aspects of each dish, including taste, appearance and difficulty to prepare.
At least one onlooker assumed judging the 18th annual Germanfest Bake Off was an easy gig.
“This looks like a rough job,” one man joked as the judges dug into a cream puff.
Wolf, a first-time judge and baker at Kroger, said it was more difficult than she expected. The entries were all good, she said.
Held in a corner of Headwaters Park, the contest attracted only four entries – the cream puffs, a raspberry torte and two marble cakes.
There were five entries last year and six in 2017, organizer Katie Nau said.
“Things are trending down, unfortunately,” she said.
Participants were encouraged to submit authentic German recipes – including breads, cakes and pies – and could easily make up their investment with the cash prizes awarded to the top three scorers, Nau said.
Top winner Michelle Strom almost missed the opportunity to earn the $100 first-place prize. She learned about Sunday's competition while checking the Germanfest schedule Saturday night, she said, noting she started the cream puffs about 10:30 p.m. and finished about 2:30 a.m.
Regular participant Jenny Maldonado upheld her reputation of submitting award-worthy dishes. Her raspberry torte – a dessert that she started Friday, assembled Saturday and decorated Sunday morning – earned second place.
Entering the contest is fun, Maldonado said, adding she chooses recipes outside her comfort zone and practices making the dish at least once before the competition.
“I can learn a lot,” she said.
Third place went to a woman who entered under the name Sue Pech with hopes that “pech” – German for bad luck – would give her a win after years of losses.
Although she encountered a mishap while baking the marble cake Sunday morning – it overcooked – Pech thought her entry turned out well.
“It's the fun of it,” Pech said of participating.
Festivalgoers were eager to try the entries, which were sold by the slice for $3 after the judging and quickly ran out.
“It all looks so good,” said Suzanne Galazka, who bought a piece of cream puff and raspberry torte.