Bittersweet Baking Winner! Candied Kumquat & Bittersweet Chocolate Cherry Mini Galettes

Well, this was a baking contest with some amazing entries, and it was a close race with such hard decisions to make! But in the end the judges spoke clearly, and our winner is Helen with her recipe for Candied Kumquat & Bittersweet Chocolate Cherry Mini Galettes.

Our judges appreciated the simplicity and inspiring qualities in Helen's beautiful galettes, and they were also drawn to the bittersweet fruit and chocolate. For all their comments, read on...

Dorie Greenspan: I thought this recipe was particularly interesting because it wasn’t a completely chocolate recipe. (Actually, given how much I love chocolate, I’m having a hard time believing that I just wrote that.) The recipe, which I found simple, pretty and very bittersweet, is not as intricate as some of the others, but I like that it can be a base recipe, a jumping-off point for new ideas and new recipes. I think this recipe will inspire many other bakers to create their own mini galettes in the flavors they like best and I love anything that encourages people to bake more.

Sarah Phillips of Baking 911: By now you can tell that I love innovative and everyday recipes, which one can use and tailor to their own needs and use what’s fresh and in season. I think Helen did an excellent job in showing us a way to make a breath taking dessert that does not have an ingredient list a mile long, and can served in a casual or dressed-up event. It’s always important for a home cook to have an arsenal of “wow” dessert recipes that one can have at their disposal for last minute guests.

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Grand Prize

Breville's Die Cast Espresso Machine - 25 pounds of die cast espresso-making power! Click the link to read our review.

• A pound of coffee from the organic and Fair Trade Allegro coffee company, whom you probably know as Whole Foods' in house coffee brand.

Sweet Basics package from tsp spices

Baker's Basket and Essence of Chocolate cookbook from Scharffen Berger Chocolate

Chocolate Shaver from Sur La Table

All of our other finalists will also receive a pound of coffee. Thank you so much to all of our entries and finalists - we've been VERY inspired by your work!

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