Monday, August 2, 2010

baking mOTTo; "county fair worthy"

Summertime brings county fairs, and county fairs mean baked goods exhibited for judges approvals.  I was a 10 year 4-H member and took the foods project every year.  I baked cookies, muffins, cakes, pies and whatever else was required.  I would practice and try different recipes in hopes of finding one that was "county fair worthy." 

What is "county fair worthy" you ask?  Well that means it's been perfectly mixed with no tunnels, perfectly baked (not too much and not too little) is shapely, uniform and on down the list I could go but you get the picture.  It looks amazing and taste even better. Those "county fair worthy" baked goods would get a blue ribbon or better.

Needless to say every time I set out to bake something and pull it out of the oven, there is a little voice in my head questioning; did it brown evenly, did it rise properly, when I cut it open will there be tunnels, should I set it on a cooling rack to give it those perfect lines on the bottom...  (You get my point now.)  Is it "County Fair Worthy"? 

Well last week as I was finding things to do with the zucchini from our garden I found this recipe for a Streuseled Zucchini Bundt Cake and thought it was worth a try. 

The Recipe:

Layer the batter, streusel, batter, streusel, batter.

In the end there were no tunnels, pretty even distribution between batter and streusel, nice brown color and good detailing on the icing.  I think this one would be considered "county fair worthy"!!!


This post was linked to:
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace
Tuesday at the Table at All the Small Stuff
Tuesday Taste at Crazy Daisey


Yenta Mary said...

That is so beautiful! How perfect would it be with my morning coffee???

Jocelyn said...

that does sound super yummy! I only ever entered a cake once in a fair...but I did win 3rd place. It was fun. I am not sure why i never did it again.

Jenn said...

What a great way to use up zucchini! The cake looks and sounds delicious!

Busy Working Mama said...

How pretty! I have a zucchini rotting away in my fridge as I type. I'm all zucchini-d out!

Heather @ 3 kids and lots of pigs said...

Completely county fair worthy and worthy of a blue ribbon and more. This looks beautiful and sounds even better. If it makes you feel any better, I have that same little voice in my head everytime I bake.

Sharon@Keeninspriations said...

mmmmm...I can almost smell it! Looks very worthy to me! I'm going to try this with some of my zucchini. It would probably go sooo well with a cup of fresh brewed coffee....mmmm
have a great week!

Ruth said...

That looks so yummy!! I'm going to try this for the girls. What yummy way to get more veggies in to them.

Moogie said...

I love this recipe with its layers of flavor. I'm your newest follower.

Inspired2cook said...

Your cake looks delicious!