A North Logan resident’s recipe was chosen as a finalist in the nation’s only national amateur bread-baking competition, coming up in Manhattan, Kansas.
RaChelle Hubsmith was one of eight finalists named to compete in the Sixth National Festival of Breads for her original Chai Ube Rosette Rolls recipe.
“I was overjoyed,” Hubsmith said. “I do enter quite a few contests every year, but this is one that for some reason just means so much to me, mostly because I’ve always had a mad passion for bread.”
Hubsmith’s love for baking and bread comes from memories she has of her grandmas, who always had bread or a cookie baking.
She said that at her great-grandmother’s funeral, most of her grandma’s children’s fondest memories were getting off the school bus and walking into the house to the smell of bread baking.
“It just was very sentimental to me to realize how important food is to people in our lives,” Hubsmith said. “I wanted to be able to do that same thing for my family.”
Inspiration for the rosette rolls recipe came from a purple sweet potato she saw at the farmer’s market and her family’s favorite spice, chai.
“When the bread competition came up, I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to try this purple sweet potato in bread,’” Hubsmith said. “My family loves the flavor of chai. It’s so good. We make cookies that have chai and sometimes I make frosting.”
The idea to make the dough into rosettes stems from Hubsmith’s experience decorating cakes. She used a technique she uses with fondant and rolled the dough into rosettes.
As a finalist, Hubsmith will fly to Kansas to participate in multiple activities, including a wheat harvest.
She will bake her rolls for the festival’s attendees to sample and vote on their favorite for the People’s Choice Award on June 8.
Two of the eight finalists will be named champions and each will receive a year’s supply of Red Star Yeast as well as tuition to attend a hands-on baking class at King Arthur Flour Baking School in Vermont or Washington state
Hubsmith said she was excited to share her love of bread and baking with others.
“Bread means more than just food to me,” Hubsmith said. “It’s about family and love and memories. It was just so exciting when they called me. It’s just a dream come true.”