Two teams competed in our very first Pumpkin Pie Bake-off this afternoon. The team led by Swetha used evaporated milk, so we will call them Team E. The team led by Anuja used cream cheese, so we will call them Team Cheese. (And let that be a lesson to you. Don't let Angela name your teams after the fact.)
Using only common household ingredients, mismatched measuring cups, and their own wits, the teams set out to create pumpkin pies that would be the envy of any holiday dinner. There were some scary moments - like when Team Cheese took a look at their completed batter - but all turned out well in the end. In just two hours, both teams mixed, baked, and sampled their pies, then offered them up for judging.
And although we began the judging process with only three judges, we somehow ended up with five - which explains how, when the votes were tallied, Team Cheese edged out Team E, 3 votes to 2.
And there you have it. 24 pies, eight contestants, five judges, two recipes, and one winner. Congratulations, Team Cheese! Team E, we'll always have Paris.
Were you part of the pumpkin pie bakeoff and want to try your hand again? Excellent. Keep an eye out for a reprise in January...
Photo by cardamom via Creative Commons