Batter up! Bladenboro searching for best biscuit maker

By: Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal

BLADENBORO — The Pillsbury Dough Boy may have the softest belly, but Bladen County bakers are able to rise to the occasion too when it comes to biscuit-making. At least one organization is “bake”-ing on it.

“I don’t know if you remember Ms. Rose,” began Joyce Walters, of Boost the ‘Boro. “When she was a young girl in Hickory Grove, her mother was part of the extension service or some club, and she won best biscuit maker, then went on to win the whole county competition. Her prize was a pair of silver salt and pepper shakers and a can of shortening.

“(A Bladenboro resident) came to me recently and asked if I knew somebody that knows how to make good biscuits, and if I did, if that person would teach him how to make them,” she continued. “Ms. Rose has gotten up in years, and said she doesn’t make them much anymore, so I just got to thinking that we need to find out who the best biscuit maker is in this area.”

Having pitched the idea to fellow Spring Fling members and having received approval, Walters is now on a search for the best biscuit maker in Bladen County.

“I would love to have entries from all over the county, because I know we have some great cooks in Bladen County,” Walters said.

The list of criteria is short — it has to be a biscuit, not a roll, and it must be made from scratch. Origin of the recipe is not a factor.

“I don’t care where you got your recipe, and once they’re turned in, they become our property, so we can publish them to anybody who wants them,” explained Walters.

Pre-registration is not necessary either.

“Just bring your biscuits the day of the competition,” Walters said.

Entries must be delivered to the Bladenboro Farmers Market by 11 a.m. the day of the Spring Fling. Each entry should include at least six freshly baked biscuits with the recipe. The entry fee is $10.

Judging will begin at 11 a.m., and the winner will be announced at noon. The grand prize winner will receive $100 and a “Best Biscuit Maker” trophy.

Chubby Starling, Sandra Cain and Robert Nelson will serve as judges for the competition.

“We’ve gotten the word out a little bit, and there’s been quite a bit of interest,” Walters remarked. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, and we hope you’ll come out and join us.”

The competition will be held at Bladenboro Farmers Market on April 7. The event is sponsored by Bladenboro Hardware and Grace & Co.

Additional information may be obtained by calling 910-872-1752.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing ccarroll@bladenjournal.com.

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Chrysta Carroll

Bladen Journal