Pecan Bake-off yields sweet results

by QCS Staff

The first annual Pecan Bake-off showcased 25 entries on Saturday.

“We are thrilled with the number of entries for a first time event” said Brenda Bishop, Extension Home Economist.

Judged the Best of Show winner, 10-year-old Ashee Bradley credited her secret ingredient handed down from her great-great-grandmother from Mississippi. The recipe has brought top place in the past three Quay County fairs, she said.

“The recipe has Tucumcari pecans,” said Bradley, who is the daughter of Ginger and Lee Bradley.

Twelve people brought entries. The panel of judges worked very hard to pick the winners, Bishop said.

Also, “special thank-yous go to the ASAP office and staff for allowing us to use their building, judges and spouses for helping us prepare the food for the peoples’ choice, 4-Hers and leaders for assisting with booth and contest, and the Six Shooter Siding Festival and Tucumcari MainStreet for providing prizes.” 

Here are the results of the Pecan Bake-off: 

Adult Pie Category
1st Dianne Meeks – Pecan Pie
2nd William Lynn – Pecan Pie
3rd Jodie Lamm – Fudge Pecan Pie
4th Kay Bobbitt – Pecan Pie
5th Kay Bobbitt – Chocolate Pecan Pie
 
Adult Cake Category
1st D’Shannon Mendez – Pineapple Rum Cake
2nd Kay Bobbit – Pecan Applesauce Cake
3rd Dianne Meeks – Rum Cake with Pecans
4th Alice McGraw – Pecan Cake
 
Adult Cookie Category
1st Jean McClver – Cacoon’s
2nd Laura Baker – Pecan Bites
3rd Laura Baker – Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Pecan Cookies
4th Dianne Meeks – Christmas Butter Pecan Cookies
 
Adult Candy Category
1st  Alice McGraw – Creamy Pralines
2nd  Jean McClver – Chocolate Fudge
3rd Rebecca Cawthon – Divinity
4th Laura Baker – Heavenly Hash
 
Adult Bread Category
1st  Laura Baker – Pumpkin Bread
2nd Kay Bobbitt – Pecan Cornbread Muffins
3rd  Dianne Meeks – Mom’s Cinnamon Breakfast Pecan Rolls
 
Adult Miscellaneous Category
1st  Betty Bason – Rum Nuts
 
Youth Cake Category
1st        Ashlee Bradley – Butterscotch Cake
 
Youth Cookie Category
1st        Taylor Atwood – Old Fashion Pecan Ice Box Cookies
 
Youth Pie Category
1st Ashlee Bradley – Mississippi Pecan Pie
 
Youth Miscellaneous Category
1st Taylor Atwood – Pecan Pie Bar
 
Best of Show went to Ashlee Bradley for her Mississippi Pecan Pie and the Creativity Award went to Kay Bobbitt for her Pecan Cornbread Muffins

 People’s Choice Awards
Adults Divisions:
Alice McGraw – Pecan Cake
Dianne Meeks – Mom’s Cinnamon Breakfast Pecan Rolls
Laura Baker – Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Pecan Cookies
Rebecca Cawthon – Divinity
Jodie Lamm – Fudge Pecan Pie
Betty Bason – Rum Nuts
 
Youth Divisions:
Ashlee Bradley – Butterscotch cake
Taylor Atwood – Old Fashion Pecan Ice Box Cookies
Ashlee Bradley – Mississippi Pecan Pie
Taylor Atwood – Pecan Pie Bar
 
Over All People’s Choice Winner: Jodie Lamm with Fudge Pecan Pie

Pecans in New Mexico
The first pecan forecast for New Mexico’s 2007 crop year is 71 million pounds, compared to 46 million pounds the previous year. The 2007 October forecast is 6 million pounds more than the 2005 crop, the previous ‘on’ year in the alternate bearing cycle of pecan trees. The October forecast has New Mexico ranked 2nd in the nation and would be a new state record.