National bread recipe competition launched

The Kansas Wheat Commission, Fleischmann’s Yeast and King Arthur Flour are seeking bread recipes for a competition that is part of the 2013 National Festival of Breads. Entries will be accepted Sept. 1 and continue through Feb. 7, 2013, for the best yeast bread recipes in the United States. Categories for submission by adults aged 18 and older are ethnic bread, rolls and time saving and easy bread. Additionally, a new category has been added this year for young people aged 12 to 17, for rolls and whole grain bread. For the adult submissions, entries will be judged, and eight recipes will be selected, with airfare and accommodations provided to participate in the national competition June 21-23, 2013, in Manhattan.

In addition, each finalist will receive a $500 cash award, participate in a tour of a working Kansas wheat farm, flour mill and grain elevator, and take part in other activities. A single youth grand prize winner will be selected and will receive a $500 cash prize, travel and lodging for the youth and an adult to attend the National Festival of Breads and demonstrate the winning recipe.

“Inspiring youth to bake can foster future generations of home bakers,” says Cindy Falk, chairperson of the event and nutrition educator for the Kansas Wheat Commission. “These youth bakers can then pass on their baking skills as a service to local schools, communities and clubs.”

The Festival of Breads was established in 1990 by the WheatHearts, an auxiliary of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. The festival was last held in 2006. The first biennial National Festival of Breads baking contest was held in 2009.

Additional information, past recipes and a summary of the 2009 and 2011 competitions may be found at www.NationalFestivalofBreads.com.