Bake-off at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern

A delicious day at the Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary Bake-off at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern.
Marisa Sandora, our Executive Editor, judging the bake-off.

For lunch on Saturday, I ate 23 desserts. I was working hard helping to judge the Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary Bake-off at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern. Members of the Fire Department Auxiliaries of Ho-Ho-Kus, Wyckoff, Waldwick and Mahwah participated in the event. My fellow judges included Kate Morgan Jackson, writer of the blog, Alex Berlingeri, who is a wine importer and restaurant consultant, Mahwah Council President John Roth, Wyckoff Mayor Kevin Rooney, Ho-Ho-Kus Mayor Tom Randall and Patrick Muller, Pastry Chef of the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern.

Leann Surz of the HHK Ladies Auxiliary won first place prize for the cake division and overall highest individual entry score for her Vanilla Cheesecake, and I can confirm that it was amazing. It was rich, yet somehow light and fluffy at the same time, with a hint of sour cream discernable. Her prize was $250 cash and a $100 gift certificate to the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern.

Lois Ciampo of the Wyckoff Ladies Auxiliary was a two-time winner. Her Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies won first place in the “other” division and her Bavarian Apple Torte won second place in the cake division, earning her a combined prize of $350. They were both among my favorites, so I was glad to see Ciampo take the cake, so to speak.

The list of winners:

Pie Division:

1st place: Suse Bell-Wyckoff “Blackberry Cobbler”
2nd place: Betty Vander Plaat-Wyckoff “Mini Almond Tarts”
3rd place: Rita Alfano-Wyckoff “Wheat Grain Pie”

Cake Division:

1st place: Leann Surz-HHK “Vanilla Cheesecake”
2nd place: Lois Ciampo-Wyckoff “Bavarian Apple Torte”
3rd place: Sue McIntire-Mahwah “Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberries”

Other Division:

1st place: Lois Ciampo-Wyckoff “Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies”
2nd place: Marion Giordano-Waldwick “Flan”
3rd place: Kathy Oppenheimer-HHK “Orange Zucchini Bread”

A taste of some of the desserts in the bake-off.

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