It’s all in the apples,” said Rauch. “If you have a good apple, you have a good pie.” Her choice was Cortland apples from a local farmer’s market.
Rauch, who loves baking and competing, won the contest in 2009 and has baked a different type of pie each year she competed in the contest.
Five judges tasted each of the 73 pies entered to determine the winner based on overall appearance, filling, flavor, creativity and crust. The judges were: McKean County Fair President John Berne, Don Keneske, Reed Soergel, Fay Strickler and Charlie Gipe.
The 2012 Pennsylvania Fair Queen Drew An Brubaker presented the awards. The top five winners received ribbons, with the top three taking home cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100.
Pennsylvania ranks fourth nationally in apples, producing roughly 439 million pounds annually.
Photo of judges and pie recipe provided by PA Department of Agriculture