North Logan’s RaChelle Hubsmith’s bright purple Chai Ube Rosette Rolls caught the attention of judges and the public, earning her the title of 2019 National Festival of Breads Baking Competition champion in the Home Baker Division during the festival last weekend in Manhattan, Kansas.
“I’m still a little bit in disbelief that something like this just happened to me because there’s so many wonderful bakers,” Hubsmith said. “Some of the best bakers I know were in this competition with me, and it just blows my mind that it was my recipe that was chosen.”
Hubsmith’s purple sweet potato-inspired Chai Ube Rosette Rolls won the public over and earned Hubsmith the Public Choice Award.
Hubsmith’s recipe “was a very popular bread at the contest,” Kansas Wheat Commission Program Assistant Jordan Hildebrand said. “Everybody who passed by her kitchen was just amazed at the consistency of her rolls as well as the color.”
As the Home Baker Champion, Hubsmith was awarded $1,500, a year’s supply of Red Star Yeast and the opportunity to attend a baking class at King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont.
Hildebrand said it was an honor to have the eight talented finalists at the National Festival of Breads.
“RaChelle is an amazing baker,” Hildebrand said. “She had a really innovative product that just makes beautiful bread.”
Hubsmith said she is grateful for the support she has received from the local community.
“It’s just so amazing to me how much the community has gotten behind me and supported me,” Hubsmith said.
According to Hubsmith, all the ingredients for her recipe can be found locally, including the purple sweet potatoes, or ube, as they are known in the Philippines.
The National Festival of Breads competition is the only nationwide amateur bread-baking competition.
The competition named the eight finalists, four in the Food Blogger Division and four in the Home Baker Division, in May. Each of the finalists won a $500 cash prize and a trip to the festival.
“The contest itself is a really great opportunity for us to interact these bakers all around the country,” Hildbrand said. “It’s a way for us to connect with them and their wonderful talent.”
The finalists also attended a wheat harvest tour, which included a visit to a wheat farm and flour mill.
During the festival, the eight finalists baked their recipes, and attendees could sample each baker’s bread and ask them questions and tips. Festivalgoers also voted for their favorite entry.
For Hubsmith’s Chai Ube Rosette Roll recipe, visit the National Festival of Breads website at http://nationalfestivalofbreads.com/recipes/chai-ube-rosette-rolls.
For the future, Hubsmith plans on hosting a baking class for local children using baking kits provided by King Arthur Flour. For more information or details, anyone interested can email Hubsmith at firstname.lastname@example.org.