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Conway woman wins baking contest

DEERFIELD — A Conway woman won best recipe for her German spice cake in a Historic Deerfield baking contest this weeked.

Sophie Danner was among 15 finalists in the Historic Deerfield King Arthur Flour Heritage Baking Recipe Contest competing to win three categories on Saturday.

Winning best story was Lisa Simpson Lutts of East Wakefield, N.H. Katherine McKay of Milford won most creative for her Barazik sesame cookies.

The contest was Historic Deerfield’s first-ever Heritage Baking Competition, which has kicked off a month-long celebration of heritage baking this month.

The competition was co-organized by King Arthur Flour.

As part of the contest, amateur cooks submitted their favorite family dessert recipe and a written story explaining why the recipe is meaningful. Each recipe had to include at least ½ cup of King Arthur Flour and be baked from scratch.

A panel from Historic Deerfield’s cooking program will select 15 finalists. These cooks will be invited to bring their baked selections to Historic Deerfield on Dec. 7, which is being called Heritage Baking Day.

Entries were based on taste, creativity and texture for both recipe and story.

The winners received a $50 gift certificate to KingArthurFlour.com and a copy of the Baker’s Companion Cookbook.

Judging the entries were Dede Wilson, the founder of Bakepedia, The Baker’s Resource, contributing editor to Bon Appetit magazine and the author of 14 books, Marla Miller, professor of history and director of the public historic program at the University of Massachusetts, Philip Zea, president of Historic Deerfield and Chef Sarah Klein and Emily Wholey of the Deerfield Inn and Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern.

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