Carrington woman's bread, baked goods win at State FairCarrington, N.D., resident Brenda Gorseth said her love for baking began as a child when her grandmother used to come over and assist her mother with Gorseth and her five siblings.
Carrington, N.D., resident Brenda Gorseth said her love for baking began as a child when her grandmother used to come over and assist her mother with Gorseth and her five siblings.
In her schools years, she participated in 4-H and, with her family, practiced in the kitchen for competitions.
“Between grandma and mom they taught me how to bake and cook,” she said.
Her practice may have paid off this week as three of her recipes took first place at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot.
Gorseth’s recipes for Spaghetti Bread, Decadent Chip Cookies and Multi-grain bread earned her a total of $400 and several pounds of flour. Several other recipes likes her take on cinnamon rolls and a breakfast loaf placed at the fair as well.
Gorseth entered the Spaghetti Bread in Fleischmann’s Yeast “Bake for the Cure” bread contest. One of the requirements for the contest was to use Fleischmann’s Yeast. Gorseth said she made the recipe on a whim, substituting homemade spaghetti sauce for the water called for in another bread’s recipe.
The spaghetti sauce gave the bread a pink color, said Sylvia Rau, Minot, one of the contest’s judges. The color fit in with the breast cancer theme. Gorseth also presented the bread with pink balloons, flowers and pictures of her mother and other friends who’d battled the disease. Plus, tomato sauce contains lycopene, which aids cancer prevention. Those factors made Spaghetti Bread the judges’ top choice, said Gail Slinde, another of the contest’s judges and extension agent for the North Dakota State University Extension Office in Morton County.
Gorseth said it makes for a nice grilled cheese sandwich.
“Really when you toast it, it brings out the spaghetti flavor,” she said.
Gorseth’s Multi-grain Bread recipe took first because most grainy breads are typically dry. That wasn’t the case with this recipe, Slinde said.
“It was the most moist whole-grain product I’ve ever tasted,” she said.
The Decadent Chip Cookie recipe is one of Gorseth’s favorites because she prefers baking to bread.
“I like making bread and I love making cookies,” she said.
After she tries a new recipe or alters a new one, Gorseth said she gives her students the task of tasting them. Gorseth teaches English at Fessenden-Bowdon School.
“A lot of times my students are my guinea pigs,” she said.
Her 18-year-old son, Ben, is a taste-tester too. Gorseth’s younger son, Adam, 9, taste-tests, but like his mother, he likes to create in the kitchen.
Like her mother and grandmother, Gorseth said she’s passing her family’s baking traditions to her son. Adam won six awards at this year’s state fair as well.
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