Wednesday, September 4, 2013

King Arthur Scone Competition

Saturday at the Oregon State Fair I had the honor of being a judge
for the King Arthur Scone Competition.

This is the winning, blue ribbon, scone.
When I took this photo, I didn't know that it was the winner.

The judges table with a basket of Marmalady's goodies to show.

So many of the scones were just delicious this year.  This is a plate of an assortment of delights.
The first place winner was just thrilled, can you tell?
She sat right in front of the whole tasting and judging just anticipating.
When her name was announced, she jumped from her seat with JOY.
It was fun to see her reaction.

Have you had a good scone lately?
Was it flavored or plain?
If flavored, what flavor do you like?


Mary said...

Did you get to taste them ALL? Looks like the winner's scones were Almond-Sultana - how delicious, and they look so NOT dry like scones often are. Of course the secret is to eat them right out of the oven, while warm, haha!

To serve an authentic Devon Cream Tea, the scones must be fresh that day, either plain or with fruit, usually raisins, along with Devon or Cornish clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam. How do I know - because I grew up in Devon devouring cream teas just about every weekend, naughty but so nice!!!

The winner does look thrilled - and she has the appearance of a lady who loves to bake and use her kitchen to the max. Way to go!

I make scones quite often from scratch, especially savory ones, cheddar cheese and herbs etc. I always use King Arthur whole wheat flour for those. They freeze very well and my recipe makes 18 large ones, so I usually have several on hand. I take one out when I want an accompaniment to a nice bowl of soup, or sometimes toast one for breakfast. Oh, and I let Bob have one now and then!!!!!

My favorite scone mix is Sticky Fingers brand - they are excellent and so handy to have on hand for a quick tea, only have to add water. My favorite is their Tart Cherry - and I bake them in the wedge style rather than round - the edges don't dry out so much.

OK that's my scone story and I'm sticking to it!
I'd really enjoy being a scone judge if there are any openings next year!

Love ya - Mary X

Annie said...

Good morning, Marilyn. My burning question is "What makes a winning scone? What gives it that something extra that makes it shine above all the others?"

Rosemary said...

Such a fun competition! She doesn look excited to be the blue ribbon winner! What flavor were the winning scones?

Rosemary said...

oh.... just answered my own question! I enlarged the photo to read Almond-Sultana. Thanks!

Melissa Bishop said...

I used to love to make/eat scones before I realized I had food allergies. I used to make a ginger, spiced scone with candied ginger & Chinese five spice.

La Tea Dah said...

What a lovely post! The winner does exude JOY! And all those scones look just delicious as can be! What are the qualities that you are looking for in a winning scone? Is it hard to differentiate when there are so many well prepared entries? Great post!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Oh, what a fun job that must have been!! She does look happy with her win!

Jeanie said...

I'd go bonkers! I wouldn't know where to begin or how to choose. How exciting for you -- and the display is fabulous! EVERYONE will know Marmalady's! You give me ginger or lemon and I'm in heaven! What an honor to be invited!

Tracy said...

VERY FUN! I just love State fair and these kinds of things. My home state of PA is having their big fair right now... Wish we were there! LOVE scones. I baked a savory cheddar-dill scone that was really good paired with a soup. I lately saw a scone recipe using strawberries with an almost marzipan-like filing too... intrigued! Happy Day, Marilyn ((HUGS))

Tessa said...

Gracious! Judge at a Scone Competition! It doesn't get much better than this! :-)

Since I have to live Gluten Free, my scone would have to be G/F. And I haven't yet found "the best."


Steph said...

I was so happy to be able to taste a few of these from the generous sharing by one of your co-judges. Delicious!

Ginger said...

What fun! I love King Arthur flour and the company too (since they are employee owned they actually seem to care).

Linda said...

Yes, last weekend we had a cream tea with scones (cream and strawberry jam) made from the flour ground at at the only working mill on a stretch of the River Thames in my home county. The scones had dried fruit to give them a little taste of sweetness. (I shall be posting on my blog about the trip to the mill soon).
It looks as if you had a great day tasting and judging and the successful baker looks very pleased.

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

What a fun competition for a tea/scone lover to judge!

Angela McRae said...

Wow, now there's a dream job for you: scone competition judge! You just reminded me I have a new scone mix I'm eager to try -- maybe even today!

Relyn Lawson said...

Oh, you captured the joy on her face. That image could be of a woman in the 50s or 60s winning the blue ribbon - timeless.

Storybook Woods said...

How fun!! Scones are interesting because I think different people have different ideas of a what a scone is. The photos looks like there was some great ones. What scones did the winner make?? Clarice