Stirrin’ it up for the Eagle County Fair
EAGLE, Colorado – Last year, Sarah Braucht caught the Eagle County Fair bug.
“I had never entered anything in a fair before,” said the Eagle resident, noting that she brought home a blue ribbon for her chocolate chip banana bread last year. “I did O.K., so this year I am quadrupling my effort.”
Last weekend found Braucht in her kitchen busily baking. She churned out her prize-winning banana bread along with a chocolate mayonnaise cake, sweet potato bread with pecans and pineapple zucchini bread. Additionally, Braucht plans to enter a counted cross stitch project in this year’s fair.
“Last year it was fun to go in and see everyone’s entries,” she said. “You can really get a feeling of the people from what they make.”
Growing up, Braucht was never a 4-H participant, but she was always an avid baker.
“My mom and my grandmother have always baked,” she said. “When I was little, that would be my mom time, when we baked.”
Nowadays the 26-year-old said she routinely watches the Food Network and indulges her sweet tooth with home baking. An admitted homebody, Braucht also enjoys sewing, quilting and other crafting.
As she pulled her various baked goods out of the oven, Braucht offered a list of beginning baker tips:
• Clean as you go, that way your kitchen mess doesn’t become overwhelming.
• Invest in a stand mixer. It will save both time and arm strain.
• Sift flour when you add it to the recipe. It lightens the texture of baked goods.
Baucht also says she has plenty yet to learn when it comes to baking.
“I haven’t tried pies yet,” she said. “I think they are a little scary.”