As predicted, not too many of 15 global takes on all-American apple pies at the State Department’s Fourth of July celebration on Wednesday evening actually looked like pies. Once the trio of judges’ marks for appearance, taste and creativity had been tallied, Belgium’s fruity eagle on a patriotic background landed in the No. 1 spot.
In our preview of the event, we copped to being curious about what Libya’s entry was going to look like, so we’ve saved it for near the end.
Check out the other winners and also-rans, after the jump.
Second place: The United Kingdom’s effort, with a properly handsome topper.
Third place: Hungary offered individual portions with pastry stars.
Lithuania: Mini-pies with chocolate bits.
Slovenia: Strudel-like slices.
Afghanistan: A bit of green (pistachio?) on top.
Turkey: Attention to slicing was paid.
Azerbaijan: Baklava treatment.
Macedonia: Apples are in there, somewhere.
Italy: Perhaps it tasted better than it looked?
Libya: Ringed with dates and nuts.
Germany: The decoration proved to be a bit of a spoiler for a blind tasting.