When it was founded, the Pillsbury Bake-Off took place every year. For many years, the Pillsbury Bake-Off has been operating on a bi-annual scheduled due to the amount of entries that are received and the amount of time that it takes the Bake-Off’s full-time staff to test and evaluate those entries. The contest is the largest and most famous baking contest out there, with a grand prize of $1 million dollars for the creator of the winning recipe. Last year, Pillsbury moved up the schedule for the Bake Off and brought it back to be an annual event – and that means that you will have twice as many chances to win that grand prize from here on out.
The 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest has just been announced and is open to entries. They have changed the format of the contest a little bit in order to give people more chances to enter. The first entry window lasts until March 27th and is when you can submit entries an two of the four categories, for Simply Sweet Treats and Savory Snacks and Sides. The second entry window is from March 27th to May 8 and is when you can submit entries for Weekend Breakfast Wows and Amazing Doable Dinners. Pillsbury has created an infographic to help you keep track of the dates, but since you can enter one recipe in each category (improving your chances of having a recipe making into the top 100 finalists that will be competing at the Bake-Off in Nashville), the format gives you more time to develop your recipes.
There will be only one grand prize winner, but there will be winners from each recipe category ($10,000) as well as eight other sponsor categories where you could still win $5,000 even if you miss the grand prize. The judges want to see creativity, simplicity and – more than anything else – great flavors. For a shot at $1 million dollars, check out the full rules and start working on a recipe. After all, your odds of winning here are a lot better than your odds of winning the lottery and you get to eat your way through all your recipe testing on the way to developing that winning recipe.