BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. – Ann Jones, a home cook from Browns Summit, was awarded “World Dessert Champion” at the World Food Championship in Orange Beach, Alabama on November 10, 2017.
The “Mom’s” team, comprised of Jones, her sister, and her aunt, competed against more than 450 teams from 14 countries and over 40 U.S. states, clinching a spot in the final 10 category champions by winning the World Dessert Championship with Jones’ mother’s very own Dutch Apple Pie.
How sweet it is to have a Food Champ like YOU ... Congratulations to Ann Jones for being named the 2017 World Dessert Champion!#FoodSport #WFC2017 #FoodChamps #FoodSportCheers #Congrats— World Food Champion (@WorldFoodChamp) November 12, 2017
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The love of cooking really runs in the family.
Jones’ mother, Rebecca Reece, was an avid cooking competitor. When she passed way, Jones thought this would be the best way to honor her passion.
“She was going to be a contestant and she suddenly got very ill with pancreatic cancer and passed away.” Jones said. “We’re cooking for her!”
The idea for the Dutch Apple Pie didn’t come until two weeks before the competition, when Jones changed her mind about the dish she would enter in the competition, and found her mother’s recipe book.
“I just pulled open my mom’s book and I just started going through it like mad, and there was this apple pie recipe,” Jones remembered. “It felt like destiny. That’s what we had to do.”
And it really was, because no other contenders submitted for an apple pie.
“Nobody else did a pie at the contest,” Jones said.
In her previous search for a backup recipe, she had researched America’s favorite dessert and it was, indeed, apple pie.
Jones said “It was funny that it turned out to be my mother’s favorite dessert, so it just seemed like it was meant to be!”
If you’d like to bake like a World Dessert Champ, Jones shared her mother’s Dutch Apple Pie recipe with us, and we’re sharing it with you!
To keep the spirit of sharing alive, show us pictures of your version of this World Dessert Champion’s Dutch Apple Mini Pies on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #WorldDessertChamp
World Dessert Champion’s Dutch Apple Mini Pies
3 cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons (80 grams) lard
6 to 8 tablespoons ice cold water, or more if dry
To make the dough, combine dry ingredients, stir, then add butter/lard in a large metal bowl and use a pastry blender to cut in butter/lard. Add 6 tablespoons of water and stir to combine. If dry, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until dough is sticking together but not sticky. Knead and work into a ball. Cut dough in half and seal in plastic baggies. Chill 30 minutes.
Cut each disc into 4 sections (will get a total of 8 dough sections) and roll out into a 6-inch diameter dough round. Transfer to 8 mini pie pans.
5 large honey crisp apples -cored and peeled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons flour
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Chop apples into small cubes and place in medium bowl. Sprinkle remaining ingredients over apples and stir to combine.
1 cup flour
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, diced
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine all topping ingredients in a bowl and cut in butter w/pastry blender.
To make the mini pie, press dough into pie plates and fill with 1/3 cup apples. Top each pie with about 1/4 cup topping. Wrap dough up around filling (like a gallate – dough inwards over the apples, not “out” over the pie pan edge”).
Bake at 400 degrees F. 25-35 minutes, until crust is lightly golden, and apples are bubbling. Serve with your favorite ice cream.
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