The Land Cookery

 The Land Cookery Competition is sponsored by The Land newspaper. The competition is is open to any person residing in NSW or ACT. Contact your nearest branch for information on the local competition. State Finals are held at the Annual Conference in May.

Below is The Land Cookery Schedule and The Land Cookery Recipes. Note: only some sections have recipes.

Notes:

Fruit cake tins:  Some being presented in tins which are smaller on the bottom.  We realise it may be difficult to purchase the original straight sided tins but these are much preferred - same size, top and bottom.

Chocolate in fruit cakes: The use of chocolate in fruit cakes is not acceptable for competition.

If a recipe states "sugar", it means white sugar and of course most people prefer to use caster sugar as it dissolves more readily.  If icing sugar or brown sugar are called for, then it will stipulate this in the ingredients list.

Loaf tins and bar tins: Certain recipes will call for either a loaf tin or a bar tin. A loaf tin is slightly flared so your loaf is wider at the top than it is at the base and had rounded corners. A bar tin is the same width at the top and the bottom with sharp tight angled corners.


‘The Land’ Cookery Schedule 2022/2023

A colour version The Land Cookery 2022/23 schedule can be download here.


Rules

Please read carefully

This Contest is conducted by the State Land Cookery Committee of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales.

Who can enter: The Contest is not restricted to members of the CWA; it is open to any person residing in NSW and ACT.

How to enter: Competition commences at branch level. Each branch conducts its separate contest (or selection process where branches do not have enough competitors) at any time that is considered suitable. First and second prize winners must be two different competitors who will then be eligible to enter group semi-finals. First prize winners only of group semi-finals are eligible for the state final conducted concurrently with the CWA Annual General Conference. This is a competition that is conducted from branch to group and then to state level.

Entry Fee: $1 per section entry to be collected at branch level only. Those who progress to the group semi-finals and state final are not required to pay a further fee. The entry fee, plus proceeds of the sales of entries, and any other monies raised at a branch competition, shall be sent through the group treasurer to CWA State Office. Proceeds are made available to the State Land Cookery Committee on request.

“The Land” newspaper coupon: an original 2022-2023 coupon must accompany each section entry at state level only, otherwise they will be disqualified. Each section entry requires a separate coupon. 

Judges: Branches and groups will appoint their own judges, BUT judges and stewards for the state finals will be appointed by the CWA State Land Cookery Committee Chairperson. The judges decisions are absolutely final and not to be questioned or discussed with the judges

Additional sections: Branches may include additional sections in their branch contests, and award additional prizes, but prize winners in such sections will not compete in the semi-finals or state finals of the contest.

Sale of exhibits: Exhibits may be sold at branch and group level. However, all exhibits become the property of CWA at state level. All entries in the state finals will be displayed and then sold. Proceeds of the sale will be added to the State Land Cookery Committee funds. Owners may purchase their exhibit, if they inform the steward when entering their exhibit at state level.

Labels: As entries in the state finals will be available for sale they must be accompanied (not attached to the entry) by a CWA approved ingredients label. Labels are not required at branch or group semi-finals unless the exhibit is to be sold.

Prohibited: Ring tins are NOT to be used throughout the contest. NO visible RACK MARKS on entries. PACKAGE MIXTURES are NOT to be used in any SECTION of the contest. FROSTING is not to be used unless otherwise specified. 

SPECIAL “THE LAND” AWARDS FOR BRANCHES JUDGED ON RATION OF MEMBERS ENTRIES

Branches with 15 members and under with most entries in Cookery Competition: First $150; Second $75; Third $25. Total $250.

Branches with 16 to 25 members with most entries in Cookery Competition: First $150; Second $75; Third $25. Total $250.

Branches with 26 to 50 members with most entries in Cookery Competition: First $150; Second $75; Third $25. Total $250.

Branches with over 51 members with most entries in Cookery Competition: First $150; Second $75; Third $25. Total $250.

Section One: Boiled Fruit Cake

Prizes: 1st $120; 2nd $80; 3rd $40; Total $240

IMPORTANT: Fruit cakes must not be iced, glazed or decorated and observe the 250g butter basis as the standard mix for size and weight. Tins must be 20cm round or square. A cut cake can be entered at the group semi-final but will NOT be accepted at state finals. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: A suggested ratio is 250g butter, 250g brown sugar, 1250g fruit. Nuts, if used, should be cut to a size that will not interfere with the cutting of the cake. Slow baking is necessary to bring out the colour and texture. 

Points to be looked for in judging: Smooth, even top, well risen and slightly rounded towards the centre, but not peaked. Smooth, even sides with no white patches or blotches on the surface. Browned evenly on sides, top and bottom. Texture should be fine and even, with no holes or tunnels; moist but not heavy or doughy. Fruit should be evenly distributed, and a good balance of fruit and mixture apparent. Should not be over-flavoured with spices and essences so that the natural flavour of the fruits is lost.  

Section Two: Sultana Cake

Prizes: 1st $80; 2nd $60; 3rd $40; Total $180

IMPORTANT: refer to Section One. There must be no nuts, cherries or peel in or on the cake Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: A suggested guide for proportion of fruit and mixture is 250g butter, 250g sugar to not more than 500g sultanas.

Points to be looked for in judging: Evenly cooked on top, sides and bottom, and light in color. Texture should be fine and even with no holes or tunnels; moist, but not heavy or doughy. Fruit should be evenly distributed and a good balance of fruit and mixture apparent. 

Section Three: Boiled Fruit Pudding

Prizes: 1st $120; 2nd $80, 3rd $60; Total $260

IMPORTANT: Competitors must observe the 250g butter basis as the standard mix for size and weight. Minimum presentation weight 1.5kg. Pudding must be boiled in a cloth. A cut pudding can be entered at the group semi-final but will NOT be accepted at state finals. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: A suggested ratio is 250g butter, 250g brown sugar and approximately 1250g fruit.

Points to be looked for in judging: The pudding should be a nice round shape with characteristic smooth even flour skin. The colour should be rich and dark and be even throughout. There should be no holes in the mixture and no soggy, wet or mouldy patches. It should have a good well-balanced fruity flavour.

Section Four: Plain Butter Cake

Prizes: 1st $50; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; Total $100

IMPORTANT: May be baked in any deep tin except a ring tin. There must be no fruit, nuts, cherries or peel in or on cake. Cake must be presented as baked (not trimmed), uniced and without decoration. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: Essences may be used if desired.

Points to be looked for in judging: The sides should be smooth with the height of the cake in proportion to the size of the tin used. The top should be smooth and slightly rounded. The texture should be even, fine and moist without holes or tunnels. Cooking should be even right throughout, and the cake should not be crumbly or soggy. 

Section Five: Chocolate Cake

Prizes: 1st $50; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; Total $100

IMPORTANT: May be baked in any deep tin except a ring tin. Cake must be presented as baked (not trimmed) and iced on top only with chocolate icing. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: Icing should match the colour of the cake when cut.

Points to be looked for in judging: See Section Four. The cake should have a rich dark colour evenly around the base and sides.

Section Six: Marble Jaffa Loaf

Prizes: 1st $50; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; Total $100

IMPORTANT: Bake in a loaf tin 14cm x 24cm approximately. Loaf must be presented as baked (not trimmed) and iced on top only with glace chocolate icing. Recipe supplied must be used (see below).

Hints to the Competitor: The two colours and flavours used to create the marble pattern should be balanced so that one does not dominate the other. Icing should match the colour of the chocolate marble when cut.

Points to be looked for in judging: See Section Four. Clear marbling pattern evident when cut.

Section Seven: Date And Walnut Roll

Prizes: 1st $40; 2nd $30, 3rd $20; Total $90.

IMPORTANT: To be made in a roll (cylindrical) tin only. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: The ‘roll’ must be flat at both ends. 

Points to be looked for in judging: Dates and walnuts should be cut into even sized pieces and evenly distributed throughout the loaf. Texture should be close and firm without holes or a damp soggy middle. Colour should be an even rich brown throughout.

Section Eight: Ginger Fluff Sponge

Prizes: 1st $60; 2nd $40; 3rd $20; Total $120.

IMPORTANT: Bake in 2 round sandwich tins. For branch and group semi-finals fill with mock cream. For state finals present unfilled. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: Weigh the mixture in the tins and tap tins before baking to ensure even layers and texture. 

Points to be looked for in judging: Well risen and in proportion to the size of the tins. The tops should be level and a golden-ginger colour overall. Texture should be very light and fluffy, with a soft elastic crumb. Ginger and hint of cinnamon flavour evident.

Section Nine: Gluten Free Whole Orange Cake

Prizes: 1st $40; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; Total $90

IMPORTANT: May be baked in any deep tin except a ring tin. Cake must be presented as baked (not trimmed), uniced and without decoration. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: Boiling the oranges whole removes the bitterness of the pith and softens the skin. Ensure your baking powder and other ingredients are gluten free.

Points to be looked for in judging: Smooth, even sides and base with flat top. Rich orange colour and flavour. Moist, damp sticky texture that should not crumble when cut.

Section Ten: Almond Bread

Prizes: 1st $40; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; Total $90

IMPORTANT: Six pieces to be presented, cut at approx 2-3 millimetre thickness. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: Once baked return to a very slow oven until it is absolutely dried and crisp.

Points to be looked for in judging: Uniform shape and size. Pale colour with nuts evenly distributed. Flavour of nuts should be evident. 

Section Eleven: Seeded Biscuits

Prizes: 1st $40; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; Total $90

IMPORTANT: Six 2cm x 4 cm biscuits to be presented, rolled to approx 3mm thickness. Recipe supplied must be used (see below).

Hints to the Competitor: Score before baking  then snap after cooking. Do not over bake.

Points to be looked for in judging: Even in size, colour and thickness, with seeds evenly distributed.

Section Twelve: Zucchini & Capsicum Pickles

Prizes: 1st $40; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; Total $90

IMPORTANT: Must be presented in approximately 250ml size glass containers with screw-on non-commercial tops. They must be securely sealed. If there is no alternative, commercial jar tops may be used if the brand is covered. It is advisable to retain some unopened jars of the same batch, as jars opened at branch or group contests are not eligible for the finals. Recipe supplied must be used (see below).

Hints to the Competitor: Vegetables should be cut into “bite” sized pieces. They should be firm but well cooked. Over sharpness and sweetness of flavour should be avoided. Jars should be filled to within 1cm from the top. Ensure rim of jar and inside of lid are clean before presenting for judging.

Points to be looked for in judging: Sauce should be smooth and of medium thickness. Colour should be attractive with an appeal to the palate. Flavour and general appearance are all-important.

Section Thirteen: Lemon & Carrot Marmalade

Prizes: 1st $40; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; Total $90.

IMPORTANT: See Section Twelve. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: Shred rind finely. Slow cooking is required to soften the rind in the first boiling before sugar is added. Jars should be filled to within 1cm from the top. Ensure rim of jar and inside of lid are clean before presenting for judging.

Points to be looked for in judging: Flavour is the deciding factor, but general appearance is important and consistency should be neither sticky or syrupy. The rind should be tender and evenly distributed. This marmalade is a golden orange when first made and darkens with age.

Junior Section For Competitors: 18 Years and Under at 31 March 2023

Decorated Cupcakes

Prizes: 1st $20; 2nd $15; 3rd $10; Total $45

IMPORTANT: Baked in a regular base muffin tin, paper cases, frosting and decorations allowed. Four to be presented decorated in the theme of Australian native animals. Your own recipe and creativity may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: Slightly rounded tops will be easier to decorate. Have fun.

Points to be looked for in judging: Not to be cut as judged only on appearance and should all be of a similar size. 

Simple Tea Cake

Prizes: 1st $20; 2nd $15; 3rd $10; Total $45

IMPORTANT: Baked in a round sandwich tin. Your own favourite recipe may be used.

Hints to the Competitor: Height should be in proportion to the width of the tin. Apply topping neatly just to the edge of the cake.

Points to be looked for in judging: Fine soft even texture, even golden brown on top sides & bottom. Top should be flat or slightly domed without peaking or cracking.

The Land Cookery Recipes

Section Six: Jaffa Marble Loaf
 
This recipe must be used

Ingredients

Cake
225g butter, at room temp
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour, sifted
4 large eggs
2 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
zest 1 large orange
1 Tbsp orange juice

Icing
Must be iced simply with chocolate glacé icing (on the top only)

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180°C Traditional Oven or 160°C Fan forced. Grease and line sides and the base of a 5 x 9-inch loaf tin with baking paper. 

2. Beat the butter, sugar, eggs and flour together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until mixture is smooth.

2. Beat the butter, sugar, eggs and flour together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until mixture is smooth.


3. Split the mixture into two bowls, beat the milk, followed by the sifted cocoa powder into one bowl. Beat the orange juice, zest into the other.

4. Spoon alternate dollops of the mixture into the loaf tin, then use a skewer to create a marble pattern by dragging it through the mixture in swirls. Make sure you don’t over mix, or you won’t see the pattern. 

5. Bake the loaf for approximately 45 - 55 mins or until golden and risen.

6. When completely cool, ice with chocolate glacé icing (on the top only)

Section Eleven: Seeded Crackers 

This recipe must be used

Ingredients
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
¼ Cup Linseeds
¼ Sesame Seeds
2 tbsps. Chia Seeds
1 tsp. Sea Salt &extra for sprinkling on top
1 Cup Spelt Flour (or Plain Flour)
½ Cup Water
⅓ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method
Preheat oven to 180°C. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Roll between two sheets of baking paper (3mm thickness). Sprinkle with extra salt. Bake for twenty min. or until golden on edges (don’t burn). Six pieces 2cm x 4cm to be presented. Score the mixture before cooking and snap along score lines when cooked and cooled.

Section Twelve: Zucchini & Capsicum Pickles

This recipe must be used

Ingredients
1kg zucchini chopped
2 onions chopped 
1 red capsicum chopped
1/4 cup salt
2 cups sugar 
2 cups white wine/cider/white vinegar
2tsp mustard powder
2tsp turmeric
2 tsp cornflour mixed in a little extra vinegar

Method
Place vegetables in pot and mix salt through. Strain after at least 3 hours.

Add remaining ingredients to the pot (minus cornflour mixture) and stir through whilst bringing to boil.

Simmer for about 25 mins.

Stir through the cornflour mixture and simmer for another 3 mins.