My many apologies to everyone who has been eagerly awaiting the results of our bake-off at last Friday’s Minnesota Monthly Happy Hour. It’s been a crazy week.
We had quite the successful bake-off, if I do say so myself. Lots of uniquely Minnesotan and tasty bars and treats. Fabulous prizes. Talented MN-ex-pat judges. Good times all around!
We had Corn Flake Christmas Wreaths, colored green and topped with a few little Red Hots as holly berries, made by Jenni Dickson. As any Minnesotan will know, these tasted as good as they sound – totally delicious! Also quite fresh tasting with yummy butter and marshmallow flavors in full force.
Kathryn McGrath, one of the attendees at last January’s founding MN Monthly Happy Hour, brought delectable peanut butter bars. These are classic no-bake bars, and are made of 2 ingredients loved by all, especially Midwesterners – peanut butter and chocolate. Mmm mmm good!
Ashley Mueller made a classic from her mom’s recipe book – chocolate chip bars. She says they’re super easy to make, and her mom brought them to just about every potluck they attended when Ashley was growing up back in Minnesota.
And finally, there was homemade lefse made by Anna Civitano. Truly homemade, she said the unlikely tool of her Mario Batali skillet is up for the job of preparing these thin potato tortilla-esque Norwegian treats. She slathered them in butter and brown sugar, rolled them up, and brought them for all to enjoy at the bake-off.
Of course, seeing as Anna brought a treat well known to Nordic Minnesotans and not many others (too bad for them), she was awarded the grand prize! Anna brought home an “I <MN> NY” t-shirt, “Martha Stewart’s Cookies” cookbook, a membership to Le Poisson Rouge, a MN Culture Club t-shirt, plus 2 tickets to the next Radio Happy Hour show! That’s some serious loot! And all bakers received an LPR membership and MN Culture Club t-shirt. Plus all the attendees got to try all the treats. Everyone was a winner at the bake-off, in true Minnesota style.
Special thanks to our esteemed judging panel.
Sam Osterhout is creator, writer and host of Prairie Home-esque Radio Happy Hour
Taya Mueller helped launch LPR to its current success and was a booker and promoter at legendary First Ave in Mpls
Sam Utne is creator of the new website, MN Culture Club, about MN culture beyond its borders.
This (first annual?) bake-off was a hit! Stay tuned for our jell-o dessert contest coming to a future happy hour!