Tonawanda News — Sometimes being a Peach Festival recipe contestant requires a bit of fast thinking.
When Jeannie Green of Grand Island ran into some trouble in the kitchen, she changed up her recipe. It was supposed to be a peach pie, but when the crust didn’t set like she wanted she had to think quick.
“I broke up the crust part, added the custard that wasn’t set but it tasted good,” she said. “I crushed up more short bread cookies, added more coconut, whipped cream and peaches.”
“I made the best out of it.”
While she didn’t win, one judge told her “yours was one of the best,” and another asked if he could take a piece for his wife, she said with a chuckle.
Mary Smeal of Ransomville also didn’t win the event, but said that entering the contest was something she has wanted to do for a long time. The retired cook’s assistant from Mount St. Mary’s Hospital was pretty happy with her recipe for peach cream cheese Napoleon, which she invented from several different recipes and created for the first time for the festival.
“It was the first time I ever made it,” she said. “I thought it was delicious.”
Even though she didn’t win, she said that she received lots of compliments on her dessert, and plans to make it again. As for the contest, “I think I’ll try again next year,” she said.
The winner was a peach cobbler trifle, created by Dawn Siemucha of Lewiston, who is a three-time winner.
“It was a beautiful presentation,” Lynn Catalano, director of the peach recipe taste off, said of the winner, “but it was also absolutely delicious.”
The recipes of the winning dessert and just a few of the judges many favorites are presented below: