The rules for the Bursting with Blueberries contest at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair were simple.
“Anything they can do with blueberries, any recipe,” Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross of the Extension Office said.
Most entrants stuck with typical blueberry desserts: pies, cobbler and the like.
The approach was a hit, as three judges ultimately selected a blueberry white chocolate bread pudding with Amaretto cream sauce as the first place winner.
Diana Julien Sims, of Texas, said she got the recipe for the decadent dish from Pinterest.
“It’s very rich, so I don’t make it often,” she said, holding onto the large bowl containing the rest of the dessert along with her first place ribbon.
Sims grew up in the Goshen area and entered the blueberry contest with her stepmother Arlene Julien.
Carol Anglemyer took second place with her blueberry scones with blueberry glaze.
She entered every food contest at the Home and Family Arts building this year, she said, and won several others including the senior cookie contest.
“I love to bake, but my husband and I don’t dare eat a lot,” she said. “It’s just for the fair.”
In addition to her blueberry scones, Anglemyer also made frosted marmalade chews, Scandinavian red cabbage, deli baker bread, gluten-free cottage cheese muffins with smoked bacon and chives and fruit scones.
Third place in the Bursting with Blueberries contest went to Mark Zak, who entered a blueberry white chocolate cobbler.
All three winning recipes will appear in the Elkhart Truth’s Winning Recipes from the 2014 4-H Fair cookbook, to be released this fall.