It has been an amazing – and busy- past couple days. This past weekend was the 47th Pillsbury Bake Off in Nashville Tennessee, and we’ve been recovering all week. 100 final contestants were brought to Nashville to compete for the Million Dollar Grand Prize. That’s right, One Million Dollars. Hosted by Celebrity Chef Carla Hall of ABC’s The Chew, attended also by the Doughboy, this was quite the star-studded affair as dough was in the air and on the line.
Here’s a few looks at the Bake Off floor:
As you can see, it is quite the operation.
The event has been running since 1949 with an original Grand Prize of $25,000 and by 1994 was up to $50,000. Since then the prize has escalated to $1,000,000. That’s quite the hike! This makes it the largest prize awarded in an amateur cooking contest.
The event used to be held every other year, but in the past 3 years, it has turned into an annual event. And let me tell you, there was no shortage of amazing, easy to make recipes.
Originally, the only ingredient required was Pillsbury’s BEST Flour. Now, the requirements are:
- No more than 7 ingredients total (not including Table, kosher or plain sea salt, Black pepper, Water at any temperature, Cooking spray for pan treatment, or Dusting of flour used to minimize sticking)
- You must use 1 ingredient from this list: Ingredient List A
- And a Second, different ingredient either from that list of this one Ingredient List B
Sponsors for the event included: Jif, Crisco, Eagle Brand, Pillsbury, GE, Green Giant, Watkins, Reynolds and Pyrex.
There are Four Category Recipe Awards, each worth $10,000 and $3,000 worth of GE appliances.
Simply Sweet Treats – These delicious desserts take the cake at a party. They’re simply seamless to recreate in any kitchen. But don’t let their ease fool you. These cookies, pies, tarts and bars will satisfy the most discerning sweet tooth.
Savory Snacks & Sides – A get-together wouldn’t be complete without the savory extras. It’s those spectacular side dishes and breads, small bite appetizers, pinwheels, tartlets and more that take your gathering from ordinary to easy-to-execute extraordinary.
Weekend Breakfast Wows – Savor weekend mornings with these simple rise-and-shine recipes like coffee cakes, pull-apart breads, fluffy egg bakes, flaky pastries, and breakfast casseroles, sandwiches and pizzas.
Amazing Doable Dinners – Weeknight dinner wins are easy thanks to these reliable recipes. Tried and true family favorites such as pizza, flatbreads, pot pies and hand pies, sandwiches, wraps and casseroles will leave everyone satisfied so you can focus on family time.
Here is a list of the other Non-Category Awards Given, all worth $5,000:
GE Imagination At Work Award: Muffuletta Mini Pies – MaryJo Watkins (Scottsdale, AZ)
Jif® Peanut Butter Award: Macaroon-Peanut Butter-Chocolate Tartlets – Brenda Watts (Gaffney, SC)
Crisco is Cooking™ Award: Roasted Salsa Verde Pizza – Greg Fontenot (The Woodlands, TX)
Eagle Brand® Signature Recipe Award: Peanut and Pretzel-Peanut Thumbprints – Barbara Estabrook (Rhinelander, WI)
Pillsbury® Gluten Free Award: Herbs and Seeds Parmesan Crackers – Merry Graham (Newhall, CA)
Pillsbury® Clever Twist Award: Spinach Dip-Stuffed Garlic Rolls – Marie Valdes (Brandon, FL)
Watkins™ Vanilla Award: Very Vanilla Lemon Tarts – Antoinette Leal (Ridgefield, CT)
Reynolds® Baking Magic Award: Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzels – Elizabeth Bennet (Seattle, WA)
Why do I tell you all this? Because you have a chance to vote for the final winner of the $1 Million Dollar Prize! Click HERE to vote!
Here are the 4 Finalists:
Weekend Breakfast Wows: Chocolate Doughnut Poppers – Megan Beimer (Alexandria, VA)
Amazing Doable Dinners: Cuban Style Sandwich Pockets – Courtney Sawyer (Bellingham, WA)
Simply Sweet Treats: Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters – Beth Royals (Richmond, VA)
Savory Snacks and Sides: Creamy Corn-Filled Sweet Peppers – Jody Walker (Madison, MI)
I have tried them all. Tough to choose, but someone has to win! Happy Voting! The Four finalists will be brought on The Chew, with the ultimate winner being crowned on National TV.