It could be said that Jayne Higgins is pleased as
punch with the Best of Show ribbon she earned at the Sandwich
Fair last week.
The Sycamore baker came away with the top prize in all
classes of muffins entered into the fairs culinary competition
last weekthat means judges tasted 150 muffins, chose the
top one in each of 15 categories, then selected the best one
Jaynes recipe is unique and one she hasnt entered
before, containing fresh basil, tomato, mozzarella cheese, olive
oil, balsamic vinegar all mixed into the batter. She named it
Caprese. That would certainly tickle your taste buds.
Known affectionately as the muffin lady at
St. Marys Church in Sycamore, Jayne has provided the congregation
with hundreds of her creations over the years. It all began 15
years ago when she found a book of muffin recipes at a garage
sale. She has been entering the fair ever since then, generally
competing in 50 or so categories from garden produce and flowers
to hobby collections, but slowed down by hip surgery this year
she said she only managed to enter 30 different classessuch
as whole wheat breads, caramel pecan rolls, and snickerdoodles.
She also won a blue ribbon this year for her Divinity.
If you think competition isnt tough at the fair,
consider that there are 2,204 entries in the open food categories
alone, plus another 713 in the junior division. When I collected
this data from fair historian Joan Hardekopf I forget to ask
where I sign up to be a judge next year
Jayne is just as proud of her granddaughter ElleAnna who
recently turned eight so could enter baked goods in the junior
Jayne Higgins proudly displays her Best of Show ribbon
from the Sandwich Fair for her Caprese muffins. (Photo by Barry
Schrader for ShawMedia)In second photo her granddaughter ElleAnna shows one
of her winning entries.(Provided photo)