Awarded: Best baked and confectionary goods with California walnuts

The GOLDEN WALNUT AWARD 2021 was a huge success! Ten professionals from the baking and confectionery trades competed in the finals of the competition initiated by the California Walnut Commission and demonstrated how versatile the applications of California walnuts are. And the winners are...

Have a look at exclusive impressions from the final day in our video.

The finals were carried out at the National German Bakers Academy in Weinheim. Out of the many participants ten finalists were invited to the academy to prepare their innovative creations and present them to the judges. The top-class jury consisted of the Wildbakers, Johannes Hirth and Jörg Schmid, Bernd Kütscher and Thomas Muschelknautz from the National Academy and Germanys first chocolate sommelier, Annette Klingelhöfer.

Norbert Schuhmann from Erlangen (Bavaria) took first place in the category baked goods with his creation “Red Wally”. The country-style bread with roasted walnuts, fruity beetroot and whole meal sourdough convinced the judges through the impressive look and taste as well as the focus on nutritional benefits of the California walnut.

First place in the category patisserie went to Violeta Kristen, master confectioner from Markt Rettenback in Swabia. Her “Petit Noyer” is a delicate chocolate layered dessert. It is ideally suited for festive occasions and contains California walnuts in the dough, jaconde and “Gianduja”, harmonically combined with caramel mousse and raspberry gelee.

The well-deserved second places took Klaus Ruth (baked goods) and Susanna Rupp (patisserie). Their recipes were “California Walnut Focaccia”, a focaccia with caramelized walnuts and walnut oil and “Walnut Peppermint Delice”, a new interpretation of French macarons with salty caramelized walnuts and walnut semolina.

Third places were awarded to Christian Heese (baked goods) and Jan Maurer (patisserie) with their creations: “Walnut Fig Couronne”, a brioche wreath with cacao, chocolate, marzipan fig cream and caramelized walnuts, and “Roasted Walnut Apple Cake”, a small chocolate apple cake with caramelized walnuts and walnut brittle.



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