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Husband and wife take top honors in annual pie baking competition

Contact: Denise Donohue
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(Frankenmuth, Mich.) – In an unusual twist of crust, a husband and wife from Flint took the top two places in “blind” judging of the 7th Annual Michigan’s Best Apple Pie Contest Wednesday in Frankenmuth, during Snowfest.  Dan Beck claimed first place with his “Yankee Spy Apple Pie,” which competed in the double-crust category.  And his wife, Linda Beck, took second place in the crumb top category with her “Crumb Crust Apple Pie.”

The Becks’ somewhat traditional pies, beat out pies with more unconventional ingredients including bacon, cheese, red-hot candies and sea salt.  (To review all 40 recipes selected for the competition, go to michiganapples.com/2012-all-recipe-and-pie-entries.html)

Winners in the 7th Annual Michigan’s Best Apple Pie Contest, held Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Frankenmuth, are:

  • 1st Place – Dan Beck of Flint with “Yankee Spy Apple Pie”
  • 2nd Place – Linda Beck of Flint with “Crumb Crust Apple Pie”
  • 3rd Place – Rebecca Card of Hope with “Creamy Apple Medley Crunch Pie”

Thirty-six amateur bakers were selected from more than 100 entries to participate in the contest.  Entries are judged in three major categories: taste, texture and appearance.

Sponsors of the contest are Michigan Apple Committee, Pioneer Sugar, Zehnder’s, WSGW and The Maytag Store. 

The winners each received $500, $250 and $100 respectively, along with several other prizes.  Dan Beck will also travel to Orlando, FL., to compete in the Great American Pie Festival® this April.  For complete recipes visit MichiganApples.com. 

The contest kicked off Zehnder’s Snowfest, the host of ice-and snow-carving competitions, among many other events.  Snowfest runs through this weekend in downtown Frankenmuth.  Visit Zehnders.com for a complete list of events.

Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to promotion, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world.  For more information, visit MichiganApples.com.