Local Boy Wins Pie Baking Contest

20 Oct

Ask David Yu how many pies he had made before this summer and he’d tell you, “None.” Ask him how many pies he’s baked since moving to Lunenburg to attend Applewild School in Fitchburg and the answer is, “Many.” One of those pies was an apple pie he submitted to the Apple Pie Contest last weekend at the school’s annual Harvest Fair. That pie earned him first place and the admiration of his schoolmates, some of whom were judges for the contest and dubbed his pie the “best ever.”

What began as a way to help David and his roommate Hongyu Pan, both of China, to practice reading, understanding and applying their English to daily tasks, has turned into an activity the host family encourages them to continue. “One way David is learning about American culture is through the types of food we eat and why,” says host dad, Phil Schultz. In addition to his apple pies, David has shown an aptitude for baking pumpkin pies. Not to be forgotten, Hongyu’s apple pie entry earned him a third place in the contest.

David and Hongyu are two of 10 students in grades K – 8 who are part of Applewild School’s English Language Learners program, which is for both international and domestic students whose first language is other than English. The students take the same academic courses as their peers with a substitution of ELL instead of foreign language choices of French, Spanish and Latin. All the international students live with members of their own family or a host family, as is the case with the two boys from China who live with the Schultz family in Lunenburg.

David’s first place prize was to have his recipe published on the school’s website, www.applewild.org. He chose to bake his pie in an 8 inch dish giving each of the contest judges lots of the wonderful, gooey crust.

Adapted from Gooseberry Patch cookbook, Flavors of Fall.

6 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced

3/4 cup melted butter

1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided

1 egg

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon (David omitted the cinnamon.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch round pie dish Fill with peeled and sliced apples. In a separate bowl, combine butter, one cup of sugar, egg, and flour. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown and topping is set.