I spent Friday afternoon and evening baking cornbread. They suggested that we make 4 13x9 in square inch pans worth of cornbread, I ended up shooting for 5 just to be safe. My cornbread was called Citrus Corny Cornbread. It originated from my mom’s corny cornbread recipe that I grew up on but I put a little twist on it by adding orange juice, orange zest, and cream cheese.
Once we got there we were told that we would need to have some cornbread placed in a container for the judges. The samples were being judged on presenatation, aroma, and taste. Here's what my sample looked like:
My main concern of the day was how I would keep the cornbread warm. Cornbread always taste better warm but the rules stated that contestants would not be allowed to use electricity.
I thought about using sterno warmers but was afraid it would burn the cornbread so I decided to use hot hands and placed several of them in an ice chest with the cornbread. It did its job in the ice chest but once the cornbread was out, the cold air was our enemy.
As you can see we did our best with the hot hands. It didn’t really work though.
Kyle was great at talking to everyone and reminding them who to vote for; I was just busy cutting and listening to all the reactions of how they all felt about the cornbread.
It was interesting hearing what people had to say. They would say “Citrus huh?”; “I’ve never had anything like this before!”; “Wow this is very moist.”; “I’ve come over here because I was told you have the best cornbread.” I even had 2 people try to buy my cornbread right there. I couldn’t believe how well it was received.
The tasting was scheduled to last until 2 but I ran out of cornbread at around 1:30. I couldn’t believe that I had already gone through 5 pans! They told us that they were expecting 800-1000 people but 3,000+ showed up.
My Beautiful Aunt Lori
And my beautiful mom!
I ended up winning 1st place in the amateur, sweet category! There were so many great cooks out there and it was an honor to spend the day with them. Kyle was such a trooper throughout the whole day. He even bought me those flowers that you saw on the table. He is so sweet!
I want to thank everyone who came out to support me! It really meant a lot to see your smiling faces!