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Entries wanted for Holiday Dessert Bake-Off

A visitor to last year's Holiday Dessert Bake-Off left the line with a plate loaded with goodies. This year's event is from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Olympian Hall.
John F. Russell

— Aspiring bakers have until Friday to register for the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s 2014 Holiday Dessert Bake-Off.

This year’s event, in its sixth installment, will be held Monday in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill, which is a change in location from last year when the bake-off took place at Colorado Mountain College. The new venue will provide plenty of parking and is conveniently located close to the center of town.

Since its inception, the Holiday Dessert Bake-Off has grown each year in popularity.

In 2013, the event attracted 55 entries in four categories and more than 350 community members enjoyed the community tasting.

“This year, we are partnering with four great sponsors — Steamboat Ace Hardware, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, the Homesteader and Steamboat Radio — to bring the community the best Holiday Dessert Bake-Off to date,” Pilot & Today Local Sales Manager Laura Tamucci said. “It’s always a fun event to gather with friends and neighbors and celebrate our community and enjoy delicious desserts.”

The reigning Community Choice winner is 10-year-old Christopher Stone, who entered his Amazing Lemon Cake in last year’s bake-off. He credited the dessert’s icing for his big win.

Other top winners last year included: Best Cake, MaryLiz Gale’s “Buche de Noel” sponge cake; Best Cookies, Lindsay Porter’s cranberry-walnut swirls; Best Pie, Meghan Bubenheim’s cranberry pear pie; Best Miscellaneous, Ashley McKinstry’s tiramisu truffles; and Best Presentation, Jennifer Shea’s Champagne snow bombs.

Those who would like to vie for top honors and put their baking skills to the test can register at ExploreSteamboat.com/bakeoff. Participants may submit one entry per category with recipes due by Friday.

On Monday, contestants will bring their baked desserts to Olympian Hall between 7 to 10 a.m., and a panel of community judges will determine the winners.

Gift certificates will be awarded to the winner of each dessert category, and awards for best presentation and community choice also will be presented.

A community coffee and dessert tasting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday.

For more information about the 2014 Holiday Dessert Bake-Off, call 970-871-4235.

To reach Lisa Schlichtman, call 970-871-4221, email lschlichtman@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @LSchlichtman

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