Pillsbury just opened to entries for their 44th Pillsbury Bake-off! The cooking contest is one where home cooks can submit their recipes in one of four categories for a chance to win a grand prize of 1 million dollars. It’s the biggest cooking contest in the country and one of the longest running, as this year marks the contest’s 60th anniversary. The first Bake-Off was held in 1949 and the contest is so popular these days that it is held only every other year to give organizers a chance to get through every single entry.
Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the Bake-Off Finals in Dallas, TX and it was an amazing experience. The majority of the cooks were very experienced and, even though this is a contest that features some packaged ingredients, many of them cooked everything from scratch at home – some even cooked exclusively (even when developing their contest recipes) from their own organic gardens. The winning recipe was for Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies. Three years ago, in the 42nd annual Bake Off, Anna from Cookie Madness took home the grand prize with a stuffed chicken recipe.
Entries will be accepted at Bakeoff.com from now until April 20th, 2009. You must include two qualifying products in your recipe, but the rest is up to you. The categories are: Breakfast and Brunches, Entertaining Appetizers, Dinner Made Easy and Sweet Treats. So, flex your culinary muscles and come up with something amazing. At worst, you’ll have some fun and come up with some tasty dishes. At best, you could be the one who walks away with the grand prize during the 2010 finals in Orlando, FL!
Other Bake-Off Recipes:
- Orange Kiss-Me Cake from 1950
- Caramel Oatmeal Brownies from 1956
- Swedish Toscas (Mini Almond Tarts) from 1953
- French Silk Pie from 1951