March 9, 2015
Cindy Falk, nutrition educator for Kansas Wheat and chairwoman of the National Festival of Breads, said the eight adult finalists and one youth champion represent an array of trends and flavor profiles.
"Finalists in the 2015 National Festival of Breads have risen to the challenge of developing creative, flavorful recipes that highlight some of the latest trends in baking," Falk said. "We look forward to meeting these contestants in Kansas this summer when they participate in the National Festival of Breads."
Eight adult finalists and one youth champion have been named for the biennial National Festival of Breads, the nation's only national amateur bread-baking competition. They are from all over the United States, from Maine to California. Finalists, their hometowns and the names of their recipes follow:
Felice Bogus- Raleigh, North Carolina Chickpea-Stuffed Aleppo Flatbreads
Mary Hawkes- Prescott, Arizona Cheddar 'N' Chilies Accordion Bread
Merry Graham- Newhall, California Curry & Chia Onion Buns
Amy Meiers- Santa Rosa, California Rosemary Cardamom Twisters
Ronna Farley- Rockville, Maryland Crunchy-Topped Coconut Almond Bread
Patrice Hurd- Bemidji, Minnesota Peppered Parmesan Veggie Bread
Time Saving and Simple:
Jane Fry- Elk Falls, Kansas Chocolate Swirl Loaves
Lisa Keys- Kennett Square, Pennsylvania Smokehouse Cranberry Cheese Bread
Ellie Sapat- Falmouth, Maine Wild Maine Healthy Blueberry Banana Nut Bread
Adult contestants will travel to Manhattan, Kan., from June 11-14, to bake their creations on June 13, at the National Festival of Breads, sponsored by King Arthur Flour®, Red Star Yeast® and Kansas Wheat. While in Kansas, contestants will participate in a host of additional activities, including a Wheat Harvest Tour with stops at a wheat farm, grain elevator and flour mill.
The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500, plus a year's supply of Red Star Yeast® and an expense-paid trip to the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont.
by Jordan Hildebrand