Baker’s Spotlight: Gloria Piantek’s Cheese Lovers Barbecue Bread Twists

Baker’s Spotlight: Gloria Piantek’s Cheese Lovers Barbecue Bread Twists

Baker’s Spotlight: Gloria Piantek’s Cheese Lovers Barbecue Bread Twists

Football fans and super hosts alike should pin or post this year’s winning recipe for the 2023 National Festival of Breads, the nation’s only amateur bread-baking competition. Gloria Piantek of West Lafayette, Indiana, invented the Cheese Lover’s Barbecue Bread Twists, a savory bread that combines three types of cheese, sweet and smoky seasoning rub, and crunchy smoked almonds into the perfect party snack. This dish really is a tasty centerpiece. 

“This cheesy comfort food fantasy is the perfect winner of the 2023 National Festival of Breads,” said Cindy Falk, co-chairperson of the event and nutrition educator for Kansas Wheat. “The creative ingredient combinations, the circular twisted shape and the undeniable taste made this recipe rise to the top of this year’s entries.” 

The eighth NFOB was sponsored by King Arthur Baking Company® and Kansas Wheat, carrying on a proud tradition of celebrating the creativity of home baking. Additional contributions were made by Stafford County Flour Mills Company, Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Corn Commission, Texas Wheat, Hy Vee of Manhattan, and Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

“The National Festival of Breads celebrates the creativity of America’s home bakers,” Falk said. Piantek was named the 2023 “Best of Breads” champion during the virtual NFOB event on June 1, 2023. The online celebration of the eighth NFOB shared stories about Piantek and her fellow finalists and their winning recipes. In addition to her overall crown, Piantek also won the People’s Choice award, based on online votes from across the country.  

In the spirit of sharing and breaking bread together, Piantek encouraged others to venture out of their kitchen’s comfort zone and try out something new — like her NFOB-winning Cheese Lover’s Barbecue Bread Twists. 

Gloria encourages all home bakers! “I’m sure you think that you would never be able to make this, but you could,” she said. “You don’t want to make this bread perfect. You want to make it the way you and your family and friends will enjoy it!” 

Read the whole National Festival of Breads story here!

Congratulations Gloria and thank you for sharing your recipe and tips: Cheese Lover’s Barbecue Bread Twists

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