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Monday, December 01 2014

Greenfield Family Finalists in Baking Contest

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

Historic Deerfield is pleased to announce the finalists in the Historic Deerfield King Arthur Flour Heritage Baking Recipe Contest, including Greenfield's own Johanna Swartzentruber and her family.  A great number of submissions were received for the contest, which asked amateur bakers to send in their best family baked dessert recipe.  The winners will be chosen on Saturday, December 6th, during Heritage Baking Day at Historic Deerfield.

Prizes will be awarded in the categories of best story, most unique/creative, and best recipe.  Each winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Baker's Catalogue and a copy of the Baker's Companion Cookbook.  Winners will be decided by an esteemed panel of judges that includes Mary Reilly, editor, Edible Pioneer Valley Magazine; Russell Powell, author, A Guide to New England Apples; Anne Lanning, Vice President of Museum Affairs for Historic Deerfield; and Alicia Graves, special events coordinator at the Deerfield Inn/Champney's Restaurant & Tavern.

The finalists in the Historic Deerfield King Arthur Flour Heritage Baking Recipe Contest are:

    Susanna Bowman of Irasburg, VT, for "Meme's Venison Mincemeat Pie"
    Mary Clark of Florence, Mass., for "Grandmother Lund's Lebkuchen"
    Mary Kay Felton of Camden, Maine, for "Spitz Buden"
    Amanda Gazin of Somerville, Mass., for "Molly Woodson's Aunt's Black Chocolate Cake"
    Amy Gazin-Schwartz of South Deerfield, Mass., for "Nell Mason's Panama Cake"
    Sis Kinney of Newland, NC, for "Christmas Cakes/Pfefferneuse"
    Lisa Simpson Lutts of East Wakefield, NH, for "MacKenzie Christmas Plum Pudding"
    Melanie Nivison of Manchester, Conn., for "Grandma Lawrence's Hot Water Gingerbread"
    Amy Patt of Ludlow, VT, for "Granny's Filled Cookies"
    Charlotte Stiverson of Columbus, OH, for "Mawmaw's Sugar Cookies"
    Amy Stout of Montague, Mass., for "Mom's Apricot Danish"
    Swartzentruber Family of Greenfield, Mass., for "Grossmama's Dampfnudeln"
    Johanna Swartzentruber of Greenfield, Mass., for "Clara's Croquembouche"
    Irene Thomas of Groveland, Mass., for "Squash Squares"

Heritage Baking Day at Historic Deerfield will kick off Heritage Holiday, a month-long series of traditional holiday events.  In addition to the announcement of the winners of the Heritage Baking Recipe Contest at 2PM, guests at Historic Deerfield on Saturday, December 6th, will enjoy gift making, gingerbread cookie decorating, horse-drawn wagon rides, open hearth cooking, demonstrations from Dede Wilson, the founder of Bakepedia: The Baker's Resource on "The Original Tollhouse Cookie", and museum tours.  All activities will be held, or begin, at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern on Old Main Street in Deerfield. 

Admission is $14 for adults (18+), $5 for children (ages 6-17), and free for children under 6, members, and Deerfield residents.  There is an additional charge of $2.50 per cookie for guests who wish to decorate a gingerbread cookie.  For more information, please call (413) 775-7214 or visit


About Historic Deerfield, Inc.

Historic Deerfield, Inc., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today's audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England's historic villages and countryside.

The museum is open daily from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.