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Contest promises to be tastiest of all planned for Old Fashion Days

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By Alex Wimsatt

            Calling all bakers: It’s time to preheat your ovens, put on your aprons and get ready for the third annual Lebanon Junction Old Fashion Days Festival Bake-Off.

            Bake-off organizer and Old Fashion Days Committee member Marsha Puckett said that if the past two years’ winners are indication of what goodies will be judged on Friday, the event is sure to attract some of the tastiest confections in the city.

Anyone interested in entering the bake-off should prepare their choice of pies, cakes, cookies or brownies and deliver them to the Lebanon Junction Community Center for judging before 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 7.

            Entries will be judged at 8 p.m. Friday.

            First, second and third-place ribbons will be awarded to the most outstanding entries. The winners will be announced Friday night at 10.

            The first place entry will be featured in next year’s Old Fashion Days pamphlet.

            Following the contest, all entries will be sold at the Community Center. Proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the Community Center.

            For more information call Puckett at (502) 773-3639.

2010 Second Annual Old Fashion Days Bake-Off winner

Chocolate Chip Surprise

By Catherine West

1 cup butter, softened

¾ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup white sugar

1 (3.5 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding (or any flavor you prefer)

2 eggs

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2-1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or any flavor you prefer)

Large Marshmallows cut in half

Chocolate icing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars
  3. Add pudding mix, eggs and vanilla
  4. Combine flour, salt and baking soda: add to creamed mixture and mix well
  5. Fold in chocolate chips
  6. Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheets
  7. Bake for approximately 6-7 minutes, remove from oven and carefully press one half of a marshmallow into the center of each cookie. Return to oven and bake an additional 2-3 minutes or until marshmallows begin to slightly brown. Remove from oven, cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes, then remove to rack to completely cool. When cool, use your favorite chocolate frosting recipe to totally cover the marshmallow on each cookie, or use the recipe below.

Chocolate Frosting

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz.)

1/3 cup whipping cream

1 tsp. butter or margarine

1 tsp vanilla

½ cup powdered sugar

Directions: When cookies have cooled, melt chocolate chips in a 1 quart, non stick saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Add whipping cream, butter and vanilla, blend well. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Add more powdered sugar if you feel it needs it. Spread frosting over each cooled cookie, covering marshmallow. Let stand until frosting sets.