Bertha’s winning entry is an original roll recipe handed down by her mother. But Bertha wanted to use an Oregon product from her home state and decided to try it with filberts, which she thought added an unusual flavor not used by the general population at the time. The nut-filled roll features a simple way to fill, cut, twist, and curl the dough so that the full flavor is tucked in every bite, and is topped with a fresh orange glaze. The judges thought it demonstrated a simple way to produce an easy roll with a professional look.
The tradition and joy of making Bertha’s Ring-a-Lings continues to this day. In fact, a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia Kline, writes about desserts and baking in her blog called — “ring-a-lings!” Patricia grew up eating and enjoying her mother’s Ring-a-Lings. Sadly, in later years, Patricia’s mother developed Alzheimer’s disease and could not remember making her beloved rolls. Patricia was heartbroken because her mom had been such an accomplished baker, and the disease robbed her of yet another precious memory. Patricia says the Ring-a-Lings were her mother’s claim-to-fame in the family and the star of all celebrations and gatherings. Even though they are more of a breakfast treat, Patricia said the Ring-a-Lings also made it to the dessert table. The original recipe which Patricia’s mother hand printed on a note card was incomplete, so Patricia decided to do some research at her local library. It was there she discovered that the Ring-a-Lings had been a Pillsbury Bake-Off winner. She was thrilled to be able to make her mother’s recipe and hand it down to her own daughter.
Here are some of the other winning recipes from Bake-Off # 7:
-$1,000 Yam-Yam Honey Buns by Helen Zymalski of Miami, Florida
-$7,500 Regency Ribbon Cake by Mrs. Claude E. Hughes of Orange, Virginia
-$2,000 Apricot Gooey Cake by Junior winner La Vonn Jost of Stringtown, Oklahoma
-$1,000 Family Treat Cake by Mrs. Morris Avery of Greybull, Wyoming
-$2,500 Apple “Dimplings” by Mrs. Nicholas Suciu of Otter Lake, Michigan
-$1,000 My Mother’s Pudding by Junior winner Martha Parkison of Encampment, Wyoming
-$1,000 Lucky Stars by Mrs. Louis Ganssle of Glen Ridge, New Jersey
-$1,000 Hawaiian Chocolate Pie by Mrs. Don W. Edwards from Lincoln, Nebraska
-$3,000 Pieburgers by Junior winner Karen Kay Folkmier from Battle Creek, Michigan
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