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Festival of Breads Finalists Named

Festival of Breads Finalists Named

Eight adults, one youth finalist will be baking recipes for final judging in Manhattan on June 22

And then there were eight. Well, eight plus one.

The judges have been busy for weeks, going over recipes and doing their own mixing, kneading, baking and testing to come up with the best of dozens of recipes submitted by contestants, all hoping to be the winner of the Third National Festival of Breads competition.

Now, they have picked the eight adult finalists and one youth finalist who will square off in the final competition June 22 in Manhattan. Each of the finalists will bake their recipe and the judges will choose the overall winner of the contest, which is sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Inc.., Fleischmann's Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission.

Quick Raisin Granola Breakfast Rolls, the champion recipe of the 2011 Festival of Breads contest.

Each of the finalists will have their expenses paid to travel to the championship bake-off in Manhattan June 20-22. While in Kansas, contestants will participate in several 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 Fleischmann's Yeast and an expense-paid trip to the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont.

Cindy Falk, nutrition educator for the Kansas Wheat Commission and chairwoman of the National Festival of Breads, said the eight adults and one youth finalists represent an array of trends and flavor profiles.

"Finalists in the 2013 National Festival of Breads have risen to the challenge of creating creative, flavorful recipes that feature 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 finalist have been named for the biennial National Festival of Breads, the nation's only national amateur bread-baking competition. Finalists, their hometown and the name of their recipe are:


Judi Berman-Yamada, Portland, Oregon

Red Apple-Golden Cheddar Challah

Elke Roby, Lincoln, Nebraska

German Streusel Cranberry Bagels


Gloria Piantek, West Lafayette, Indiana

Pennsylvania Dutch Pretzel Slider Buns

Marilyn Blankschien, Clintonville, Wisconsin

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with a Twist

Whole Grains

Merry Graham, Newhall, California

Light and Fluffy Chia Whole Wheat Rolls

Ritz Lutz, Horseshoe Bay, Texas

Two Grain Cranberry and Walnut Bread

Time Saving and Simple

Jane Hinrichsen, Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Rich Italian Bread

Rosemary Leicht, Bethel, Ohio

Onion Parmesan Cracker Bread

Youth Category

Mardi Traskowsky, Herington, Kansas

Family Italian Bread

In addition to the finalists, several Special Award winners were named, including:

Cranberry Award

Elke Roby, Lincoln, Nebraska

German Streusel Cranberry Bagels

Raisin Award

Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska

Rosemary, Orange and Golden Raisin Fourgasse

White Whole Wheat Award

Alyssa Ellis, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Nacho Cheese White Whole Wheat Bread

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