Spring break is quickly approaching, and I’m really excited to get back in the kitchen during that time! One project I’m really looking forward to tackling is my entry for the 45th Pillsbury Bake-off.
The folks at Pillsbury were kind enough to send me a prize-pack, through My Blog Spark, to get me started on my adventure. I *loved* the cute blue apron they included.
Of course, I had to model it with my Darth Vader spatula.
But my favorite thing? The 100 Winning Recipes cookbook — it is filled with a TON of great recipes. Remember the Cup o’ Joe Cookies? They were from the cookbook. And they were delicious.
The purpose of the Bake-Off is to find original recipes that taste and look delicious, are easy to prepare and that families across America will love to eat. You can submit recipes in one of four recipe categories:
The Breakfast & Brunches category includes casual brunch or weekend family breakfast ideas. Examples include sweet rolls, pull-aparts, pastries, breakfast breads, egg dishes or breakfast sandwiches.
In the Entertaining Appetizers category, you can submit appetizers and snacks to serve at casual gatherings with family and friends or for holiday entertaining. Some of our favorites are bite size appetizers, tartlets, pinwheels, puffs, bruschetta or focaccia.
The Dinner Made Easy™ category encourages home cooks to create easy-to-prepare main dishes that will delight your family, like pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, foldovers, casseroles, chilis, soups or savory pies.
Quick and easy treats for anytime celebrations can be entered into the Sweet Treats category. This can include cookies, pies, tarts, brownies or bars.
Entries are being accepted online between now and April 18, 2011.
One hundred lucky finalists will compete for a chance at the grand prize during the contest finals, which take place March 25-27, 2012 at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Florida. You’ll also find contest details, including eligible products, prizes and the official rules, on the web site.
The recipes will be judged for 1) taste, 2) appearance, 3) creativity and 4) consumer appeal. All entries must meet the requirements of the recipe category and appropriately use two of the eligible products in at least the quantity specified.
Sue Compton of Delanco, New Jersey, was named the grand prize winner of the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest in 2010 for her original Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups recipe.
I’m already scheming about what my entry will be. Yummm.
My Blog Spark and Pillsbury have also provided a prize pack for one of my readers! To enter to win, just leave a comment telling me what you’d bake (or cook) if you won the prize pack. Something from the cookbook? Or your own concoction?
Contest ends Friday, March 11. Be sure to leave an email address with your comment so I can reach you if you win!