Judgement day has arrived.
I was trying not to be anxious and kept reminding myself that it’s all in good fun.
I was also trying not to be a negative nancy (you’ll never win!) and overly critical (this dessert is ok but it’s not amazing) of my recipe for the Peach Festival’s Dessert Contest.
In other words, I was trying to not be myself.
The day started out with a run and some breakfast.
Then it was time to get my dessert together.
I spent most of Friday night deciding which serving dish to use.
A simple dessert calls for a simple presentation.
But then I remembered that I had this
The Giving Plate!
My grandma sent me this cute platter filled with delicious cookies for Christmas one year. She has since passed away and I figured this was her way of showing her support from heaven. She totally wanted to go to the peach festival with me today!
The plate has that down-home country theme that I thought the
old biddies judges would appreciate.
I packed up my peaches, said a little prayer, and boogied on down to the festival.
Naturally I scoped out the competition after I made the dessert drop
Part of me hoped no one else would enter so I would win
by default because I’m awesome.
Well, now I had four hours to kill, so I checked out the festivities.
Shut the front door.
Peach chai jam? Sounds like this would make an excellent accompaniment to my Iced Chai Tea.
Get off the stage. There are serious dessert decisions to be made here.
I was getting a little nervous.
There crowd was huge.
Once the crowd woke up from his nap, it was time to announce the winners.
There were 17 entries with prizes for first and second place which included cash and a town flag.
I really wanted a town flag.
Well, she misprounced my name the first time AND she got the name of my dessert wrong.
She announced that Mary had won with her peach cobbler.
Uh, my name is Shana and I made peaches and cream dessert pizza.
Then she messed my name up again!
She said Catherine and her peach cheesecake!
Is the sun in her eyes? Maybe there was a glare.
She then announced the contestants could pick up their (losing) desserts and the judges critiques at the town hall.
How could I not win?
I mean the judges tore up my dessert pizza
And by tore up, I mean massacred it.
As in, if they could have vomited it back up on the score sheet, I think they would have.
Those judges were harsh!
The four areas to be judged included
Appearance when served ( is this not already covered in visually appealing?)
The scoring ranged between
Needs improvement (5 points)
Fair (10 points)
Average (15 points)
Good (20 points)
Excellent (25 points)
My highest score was an 89 and my lowest score was a 50.
Son of a peach!
Why don’t you just punch me in the face?
Most of the judges gave me a “good” for appearance but some gave me “fair” for flavor
That’s not even average.
Did some of you ladies forget to put your dentures in this morning?
Do taste buds deteriorate with age?
A couple of judges thought it tasted “good.”
There was only one comment:
“Hard to cut and crumbled when cut.”
Um, it’s a cookie crust.
Put a little muscle into it.
This was a serious blow to the ego.
I still think this is a delicious dessert.
I sincerely hope you aren’t swayed by the judges lack of enthusiasm for my dessert and decide to make this at home because it really is quite nice.
Peaches and Cream Dessert Pizza
3 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix (or all-purpose wheat flour)
*if using GF flour, add 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup oil
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, xanthan gum if using) and powdered sugar until soft dough forms. Press into two 8 inch pie pans. Bake for 18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool.
15 oz. light ricotta cheese
2 tbs. honey
zest of half a lemon
In a small bowl, combine ricotta, honey, and zest. Mix thoroughly. Set aside
4 peaches (peeled, pit removed, and chopped)
1/2 cup peach preserves
juice of half a lemon
Heat preserves in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat. Add chopped peaches and lemon juice. Continue cooking for 15 minutes. Remove from stove and let cool.
Spread one cup of the ricotta mixture on each of the crusts. Top each with 1 1/2 cups peach topping. Sprinkle with 1/4 c. chopped almonds, if desired.