This Is the Recipe That Won Joanna Gaines Over on the New “Silos Baking Competition” Show
Looking for a crowd-pleasing dessert to bring to a summer gathering? We’ve got you covered. On Sunday, Food Network and Magnolia Network — Chip and Joanna Gaines’ TV channel — aired the first Silos Baking Competition, a one-hour special in which home bakers from around the country vied for a cash prize and the opportunity to feature their dessert at Silos Baking Co. bakery in Waco, TX.
The winner? Summer Berry Bars baked by 28-year-old Annie Paul, a stay-at-home mom from Michigan. Along with fresh strawberries and lemon zest, the bars feature a homemade brown butter crust and a spiced crumble topping that are finished off with a vanilla bean glaze. The competition’s three judges — Joanna Gaines, plus chef Andrew Zimmern and pastry chef Zoë Francois — praised Paul’s recipe for being “simply beautiful” with a “perfect balance of flavors.”
“I think it’s still sinking in a bit,” Paul told People of the win. “I was just so honored to have even made it to the top six [out of the thousands of applicants] that I don’t think winning ever really crossed my mind. It truly feels amazing!”