Baking contests are my thing… And I really couldn’t resist this one. Elizabeth Baird, Canadian cookbook legend, mentioned that she was part of an event at Fort York in Toronto called “Mad for Marmalade”. That in itself would have had me hooked, I won’t lie, but she said that the orange baklava that I had taken her to try might do well in the baking contest. Well, that’s like catnip to me.
I’ll keep this short but you might be wondering how I came to be in a situation that I would be giving Elizabeth some of my baking. I had a chance to sit down with her to discuss how the cookbook industry has changed over the last few decades and it was absolutely thrilling!! Of course I wasn’t going to go empty-handed and that’s where the orange baklava comes in.
Fast forward to yesterday. It was a winter-wonderland of snow, especially between my house and Fort York, but my neighbour Nancy and I persevered and we made it down there in time for me to submit my entries. Each person is only allowed to enter 2 categories, so I went with the citrus marmalade (any other marmalade that isn’t a traditional Seville orange marmalade) and an item of baking that uses marmalade. My entries were a Cara-Cara & Ginger Marmalade (the recipe can be found on this blog) and Orange Pistachio Baklava, respectively.
Because of the inclement weather, Nancy and I left before the day was over, missing the announcements of the winners. I was later notified that my marmalade won 3rd place in it’s class and the baklava won 2nd place!!! As far as catnip goes, this is an incredibly rewarding and addictive variety.
For more details on this event and others, check out www.culinaryhistorians.ca/events/upcoming-events