I think it was shortly after the holidays last year, after spending more time than ever in the kitchen, I started thinking I might enter some cooking competitions. Around that time, the Pillsbury Bake-Off deadline was coming into view, so I entered, and here we are. I’m honored to be 1 of 100 finalists competing in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-off, to be held in Nashville on November 3rd.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Bake-Off, it started in 1949 and the prize was $50,000. Since then more than 4,000 finalists have competed, and the grand prize is now up to $1 million. The competition seems to change a little each time. This year there are four categories: Simply Sweet Treats, Savory Snacks and Sides, Weekend Breakfast Wows (that’s me), and Amazing Doable Dinners. A judging panel will choose the best recipe in each category. Those four will be put online for public voting, and both rankings will be taken into consideration when awarding the grand prize.
Though I’d always been aware of the Bake-Off, I hadn’t really delved into the lore, but since becoming a finalist I’ve been watching the videos and reading the stories of cooks, judges and various Bake-Off addicts, and it’s pretty fascinating. Pillsbury doesn’t divulge exactly how many submissions they get each year, but it is rumored to be between 30-40,000. To read more on the Bake-Off, go here. To try my recipe for Cherry Orange Pull-Apart Breakfast Bread, go here.
For now I’m going to leave it at that. When we get closer to the date, I might send up another flare, and of course I’ll take everyone through the nitty gritty once we get back. Until then…