As winter approaches, the memories of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair are fading.
So it’s a perfect time to get a new cookbook with winning fair recipes.
While most people head to Food Row for the tasty fair treats, contests are happening in the Elkhart County Extension Homemakers building. Home cooks bring their food and recipes to be judged. The participants tend to be some of the finest bakers and cooks in the county and the resulting recipes are great to make and serve.
We photographed the winning entries and makers and put them together in a cookbook.
A digital version of the cookbook will soon be available for $4.99 on tablet devices through the Elkhart Truth Publishing app.
If you want to pick up a copy, you can visit the Extension office at 17746 C.R. 34, Goshen, or the Truth office at 421 S. Second St., Elkhart. You can also order online at flavor574.com/cookbook.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Extension Homemakers to fund their activities.
Here’s one recipe in the book for Alison Bache’s Old Fashioned Caramels. The Middlebury resident won first place in the candy category.
Old Fashioned Caramels
- 2 cups sugar
- 1¾ cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Line a 13” x 9” x 2” pan with foil. Butter the foil and set aside.
- In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil gently for 4 minutes without stirring.
- Remove from heat and stir in half and half slowly. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until the mixture reaches 238 degrees, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Pour into prepared pan, cool and cut into 1-inch squares. Wrap in waxed paper.