2019 Apple Pie Baking Contest

2019 Apple Pie Baking Contest

Apple Pie Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comWho Makes the Best Pie in the County?

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Janice Weaver

The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau’s 43rd Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest was held at the Santa Cruz County Fair last week.

Winners were selected for each of the three divisions, Youth, Adult and Masters. Janice Weaver, of Santa Cruz took the top overall prize by winning “Best of Show.”

The Apple Pie Contest Judges are different every year. The judges for this year’s contest were Francisco Estrada, Mayor, City of Watsonville; Pam Zamani, Retired Community Leader; Maryann Bulich Schnitter, Owner, Butier & Bulich Brothers; and Brendan Miele, President, Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau.

The winners from each division are listed below:

“Best of Show” Winner
Janice Weaver
Santa Cruz

Youth Division

1st   Kaia Harroh, Aptos
2nd Claire Madsen, Santa Cruz
3rd  Aiden Tomasini, Aromas

Adult Division

1st   Connie Elmer-Akin, Santa Cruz
2nd Debbie Justice, Santa Cruz
3rd  Jill Martin, Felton

Masters Division

1st   Janice Weaver, Santa Cruz
2nd Kelly Kersten, Watsonville
3rd  Ruth Ernest, Watsonville


The Pajaro Valley apple producers, growers and pie lovers sponsor the annual event in cooperation with the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau. Laura Rider, Farm Bureau Member, is Chair for this very popular opening day event.


2019 Apple Pie Winning Recipe

Apple Pie Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comCrust

2 1/2 cup  flour
1 t-spn      salt
1 Tbl-spn  sugar
1 cup         unsalted butter
1/2 cup     water

Whisk dry ingredients together. Cut butter into flour until in little pieces. Add cold water, and combine until holding together. Divide in half, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least one hour.


4-5lbs      apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 Tbl-spn  lemon juice
1 cup         sugar
1 t-spn      cinnamon
1/8 t-spn  salt
1 Tbl-spn  cornstarch
                  Bit of milk

Roll out one half of dough and fit into 9” pie pan. Toss filling ingredients together and pour into shell. Roll out second half of dough for top of pie. Crimp it to the shell, cut slits, brush with milk, and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 400 deg to 45-50 minutes.

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