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Bakers With Combined 206 Years Win Apple Pie Contest

April 13, 1987

WEST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ Two bakers with a combined age of 206 years put a pie into a 287-year-old brick oven and wound up with first prize in a ″Best Apple Pie in New England″ contest.

Louise Waid, 105, and Tillie Bothwell, 101, who have been baking pies since their teens, blended Granny Smith apples, cinammon, sugar, butter and flour Sunday to create the winner.

Last year, they lost out when they became unnerved by all the reporters and television cameras, and both added sugar to the pie, leaving it much too sweet.

This year, their composure was intact.

There was tension in the air. But rather than adding too much sugar, Mrs. Waid turned to a reporter after after rolling out her crust and asked: ″Do you mind if I use the word ‘darn’?″

Once their pie was baked in a beehive oven built in 1699, eight judges conducted a blind taste test and picked the Waid-Bothwell creation. They beat out nine other finalists, selected from 490 entrants from all six New England States.

″I feel like crying,″ Mrs. Bothwell said.

″It’s the last thing I expected. But I knew it was a good pie,″ said Mrs. Waid. ″I’ve never won anything before.″

Kent Faerber, director of alumni affairs at Amherst College and the first man in the competition, finished second.

He was about one-third the age of the winners.

″You can’t beat that kind of experience,″ he said of his elders.

Third place went to Fay Batchelor of North Brookfield, Mass.

The winners collected a pewter apple, a $100 check and a weekend for two at Old Sturbridge Village in central Massachusetts.

″I don’t know whether I can put up with her for a whole weekend,″ Mrs. Waid said of the free outing with her partner from the nearby Quaboag Nursing Home. ″But we’re going.″

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The recipe of the crust for the winning pie was:

1/3 cup shortening; 1/3 cup butter; 2 cups flour; 1/3 cup boiling water; 1/ 2 tsp salt; 1/2 tsp baking powder.

Mix the butter, shortening and flour. Add boiling water, salt and baking powder and mix well. Separate into two balls, place between two pieces of wax paper and roll.

The recipe of the filling:

Six or seven Granny Smith apples; 1 1/2 tbsp butter; 1 tbsp cinnamon; 3/4 -1 cup sugar.

Peel, core and slice the apples. Mix sugar and cinnamon lightly through the apple. Heap ingredients in a pastry-lined pie pan, and dot with butter. Cover with the topping crust and slit with a knife to allow steam to escape. Bake 60 to 70 minutes at 425 degrees.

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