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Plainview woman makes heavenly dessert

Karen Axel Knispel, of Plainview, stands with her

Karen Axel Knispel, of Plainview, stands with her dessert creation, the banana split pizza. (March 20, 2011) Photo Credit: Kevin Traynor

Dressed in an M&M T-shirt with matching socks, Karen Axel Knispel proved she has a knack for making chocolate treats.

The Plainview woman and her banana split pizza reigned supreme over the other contestants’ baked goods during the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Chocolate Festival on Sunday.

“I never really bake for myself,” Knispel said. “It’s usually for other people, so they can see what I can do.”

Her first place dessert consisted of brownies, cream cheese, crushed pineapple, sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, chopped nuts, chocolate syrup and was neatly packaged in a pizza box.

“It just really tasted great,” said judge Breanna Kretzer of Melville.

Knispel’s taste for winning baking awards isn’t an accident. She hosts a baking club and has even had a pie featured on the Martha Stewart show.

In her pocket, she keeps old pictures of her previous creations ranging from cookies to desserts that look like tuxedos.

“I liked the rice krispie treats, but the pizza was good too,” said another judge, Stephanie Garbe from North Babylon.

Evelyn Ellingsen’s chocolate rice krispie treats topped with pink heart shaped marshmallows drenched in chocolate syrup finished runner up.

“They were made for my granddaughter’s birthday today” said Ellingsen of Lindenhurst.

Ann Marie McIntosh tand Kim Pakarati, both from Lindenhurst, teamed up to make their “Death By Chocolate” masterpiece.

“We layered it kind of like lasagna,” McIntosh said.

They used devil’s food cake then topped that with chocolate pudding before using Cool Whip and brickle for garnish. They repeated this process twice before unveiling their finished product.

“We’re looking forward to next year’s festival already,” said Kretzer.

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