Think you make a good apple pie? You may not even be making an apple pie!
But you’d better be if you want to even compete at the ninth annual Apple Pie Contest at Enid’s on Oct. 16.
As fun as this event has been over the years, it’s serious stuff: crisps, tarts, tatins, turnovers and tortes are shown the door.
“It’s got to have a crust — that’s the only rule,” said Harry Rosenblum, owner of the Brooklyn Kitchen and five-year veteran bake-off judge. “Make sure the crust is flaky, that you use sugar and salt, and that it’s cooked all the way; raw pies are gross.”
Anyone, and everyone, is invited to bring a homemade pie with which to wow this year’s panel of judges now that the 50-contestant cap that was put in place to save the judges’ bellies has been lifted this year. The panel is made up of Rosenblum; Rachel Wharton of esteemed food magazine Edible Brooklyn; last year’s winners Charlie Mirisola & Michael Stewart, who run a food blog called brooklynauts; and a secret celebrity wildcard.
Awards are given out for best crust, best looking and general greatness — and if you want to win the top prize, take a tip from contest organizer, Jaime Eldredge, Enid’s co-owner.
“Keep your crust cold for the entire process,” Eldredge said. “And throwing liquor in the filling somewhere is never terrible.”
Apple Pie Contest at Enid’s [560 Manhattan Ave. at Driggs Avenue in Greenpoint, (718) 349-3859] Oct. 16, 5 pm. For info visit www.enids.net.