Wednesday Winner: (Grand National) Bake-Off # 16: Peacheesy Pie

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The 16th Bake-Off book was the first one that did not feature the winning recipe on the cover.  On the cover you see the “Fudge Ribbon Cake” which was the Senior Third prize winner of $1,500.  The Grand Prize winner was 17-year-old Janis Boykin of Melbourne, Florida who won $25,000 for her “Peacheesy Pie.”  What makes Janis a special winner, was that she was the first teenager to win a Bake-Off contest, and she still holds that title!  Don’t you love the photo of her winning moment?  Imagine being a teenager winning that huge amount of money back in 1964! 
Janis was encouraged by her Home Economics teacher, Mrs. Newman, to enter the Bake-Off contest.  Mrs. Newman and Janis’s five brothers loved her pie.  No wonder!  The pie contains a peach-cream cheese filling enhanced with pumpkin pie spice.  Extra pie crust is shaped into rounds and placed atop the pie filling before baking.  The end result is a creamy, rich, and delicious pie – and one that my husband loved!

Here are the other prize winners from this contest:
-Senior Best of Class winner “Mystery Pecan Pie” by Mrs. Jim McClain of North Little Rock, Arkansas
-Junior Second Prize winner “Magic Meringue Pie” by Marilynn Benbrook of Woodward, Oklahoma
-Second Grand Prize winner “Orange Butter Coffee Cake” by Mrs. Lawrence Hoerig of Mequon, Wisconsin
-Senior First Prize winner “Mexicali Meat Pie” by Mrs. Rex Acker of Deming, New Mexico
-Junior First Prize winner “Pizza Loaf” by Lenore Thomas of Boise, Idaho
-Junior Third Prize winner “Maryland Chicken Supper” by Teresa Huestis of Wheaton, Maryland
-Senior Best of Class winner “Chuckwagon Round-Up” by Dawn Hill of Buffalo, New York
-Senior Second Prize winner “Sweet Pastry Pockets” by Mrs. George Kunz of  Portland, Oregon
-Senior Best of Class winner “Swedish Fruit Bars” by Mrs. J.T. Nicholson of Bremerton, Washington
-Senior Third Prize winner “Fudge Ribbon Cake” by Mrs. Richard Butler of Chesterland, Ohio (cover photo of book)
-Senior Best of Class winner “Miami Beach Birthday Cake” by Mrs. Clarence Burkard of Paramount, California
To read more about the Pillsbury Bake-Off go to:
To find the recipe for Peacheesy Pie go to:
To read another story about Peacheesy Pie from former Bake-Off contestant and cookbook author Greg Patent go to:

To read about the previous Bake-Off contests on my blog:

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Bake-Off food photos are taken by my daughter, Kristina Vanni. To read her blog go to:


11 Responses to Wednesday Winner: (Grand National) Bake-Off # 16: Peacheesy Pie

  1. August 31, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Thank you Debbie! I’m really hoping I can get Julia who is now 17, to enter the 2014! Another wonderful blog post, Thanks!

  2. August 31, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Lanie, good luck to your Julia!

  3. December 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    My mother-in-law saw this recipe for peacheesy pie in the newspaper back in the 60’s and it’s been a family favorite ever since! She also bought a copy of the Pillsbury Bake Off Recipe Book with this recipe in it. We love it and can’t imagine a Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season without this delicious pie.

  4. August 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    I have a copy of the cookbook featuring Janis Boykin. Anyone know if she is around and if her or her family would like a nice of the copy featuring her wonderful win?

    Thanks Sharon

  5. September 21, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Is this recipe available somewhere? Can’t seem to find it.

    Thanks much!

    • September 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi Mindy- The recipe might be on, but since this is from an old contest, it might not be there or they also could have changed it which they have done with many of the older recipes. However, I am in the process of going back to all my Bake-Off blogs (I wrote all of them over 2 years ago) and adding the original recipes. It might take a while before I make it to #16, but I’ll get there!

      • June 20, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

        I am reading your post in June 2017, and do most sincerely hope you can find the original recipe and put it out there. Pillsbury has it on their site, but as you state they have changed it. I fell in love with this pie as a kid and I was born in 1953, so my mom made it from the original recipe which had the recipe for the dough. The dough recipe included the canned peach syrup in it. Pillsbury now says to buy pre-made crusts (bummer!!!). My wife lovingly makes these for me every now and again making the crusts from scratch, but she tried to slide one by without the peach syrup in the crust. I could taste the difference. I am sure most everyone will not be as wonderful as my wife and make scratch pie dough, but at the least the recipe will be available. Thank you for your dedication and help.

        • June 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

          Hi Ian- I am so happy you wrote and that I can help you! I can definitely send you the original recipe. Pillsbury changed many of the old Bake-Off recipes, sometimes to update them, or also some products are no longer available. Check your email. I am sending you another message.

  6. March 14, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    My mother-in-law found this recipe in the newspaper back in the 60’s and it’s been a family favorite ever since. With the pumpkin pie spices, it’s especially good at Thanksgiving. It does take some work but Peacheesy Pie is worth all the effort!

  7. February 21, 2019 at 7:15 am #

    I found your blog this morning after I goggled “Janis Boykin”, the teenager who won this bakeoff (#16) in 1965. This was after finding this cookbook on my shelf! I too collect cookbooks for the exact same reasons you have listed that you do. I must have obtained this cookbook from the many “lot” finds I have purchased over the years at yard sales and thrift stores. I have a few hundred on my shelves and this one fell down. I’m always fascinated with the history behind who wrote a recipe and cookbook as well as the cultural food history. I look forward to see if we share other cookbooks in common as well as discovering new ones!
    Diana P.
    Fort Worth, TX

    • February 21, 2019 at 9:39 pm #

      Hi Diana- Isn’t it amazing that a teenager won the Bake-Off? I was always in awe of that accomplishment. As you, I am also fascinated with food history and people behind the development of recipes. One of my recent blogs was about the woman who invented the now iconic green bean casserole. There are so many similar stories and such fun to read. I would love to hear when you read about other cookbooks we have in common. Thank you for writing, kindred spirit!

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