Team Dettweiler Family
New Franken, WI
Showstopper Challenge: Picnic!
Give your creation a name based on the flavors and decoration – and tell us about your recipe.
Sweet and Savory Family Picnic Basket. This was a collaborative effort by various family members for our Labor Day/summer Birthdays weekend picnic. Each participant chose to bake one item from the Final Challenge. We rocked it in that we ended up with three celebration cakes: one Chocolate Zucchini Celebration Cake (pictured), one Angel Food Cake, and one Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova Cake. We had two types of savory scones. One set of 12, was cream cheese and chive wedges, and the other set was garlic scape pesto and sun-dried tomato swirls. The 12 mini quiches entry was organic spinach and Wisconsin Swiss cheese with spelt flour crust. For the fruit and custard tarts we enjoyed Minnesota blueberry with lemon custard garnished with lemon zest. Another tart submission was made from the fruits of the forest – mushrooms – cooked in a masala curry and yogurt sauce. The 12 slices of a large sausage roll in a puff pastry crust were flavored with anise seed and fresh tarragon and had a red current (Bar Le Duc) and red onion filling. The recipe for the sausage roll came from one this season’s Great British Baking Show contestant Jane Beedle has posted online at BBC Food.
What was your favorite thing about The Great Wisconsin Baking challenge overall (whether you participated in one or all challenges)? What did you learn from this final challenge? What are you most proud of when it comes to your bake?
The favorite thing about the Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge was that it provided inspiration for our family’s picnic collaborations. What we learned from the Showstopper Challenge was that a picnic including all we baked was more than enough food for a group of 14 multi-aged family members. All the salads we had prepared to accompany our challenge picnic were left in the refrigerator uneaten. We were pleasantly filled without them. We are proud of each of our delicious bakes and of how each person’s entry came together on our picnic table display. It made a beautiful picture to add to the memories of our times together at our rustic family cabin. We all thank you for making this 2017 summer a memorable one. From our 4th of July family reunion to our Labor Day weekend gathering, we enjoyed reading fellow Wisconsin baker’s experiences with the challenges along with watching the episodes of the Great British Baking Show.
Did you incorporate three local ingredients into your Final creation? Tell us about your Wisconsin twist!
Three local Wisconsin ingredients in these bakes were the pasture raised ground pork from Behnke Farms of Lena, Wisconsin; the fresh herbs – chives and tarragon – came from local backyard gardens, as did the red currants in the Bar Le Duc; and of course the dairy – milk, butter and cheeses were local products, including a home cultured Viili yogurt used in the mushroom tarts. Did you notice the "W" on each sausage roll slice to represent Wisconsin? Or the tiny Wisconsin themed ornament up on our picnic basket that depicts our state bird (Robin), state flower (Violet) and a Holstein cow in front of a red painted Wisconsin barn? They are just tokens of our family’s connection to Wisconsin.
How did you do?