One hundred finalists headed to Nashville, Tennessee this past weekend to compete in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off. Amidst the copious amount of Pillsbury biscuit dough, Jif chocolate spread, and more cheese than you could ever imagine, there were four category winners. Now it's your turn to vote for your favorite recipe and decide who gets the million dollar prize in this year's edition of this classic American cooking contest.
The Pillsbury Bake-Off, if you're not familiar, has an incredibly rich history. This is the amateur cooking competition that gave us French silk pie, Peanut Butter Blossoms, and the Tunnel of Fudge. In a culture obsessed with cooking competitions like Chopped and Iron Chef America it is so refreshing to see these home cooks (mostly women) of all ages (but mostly older) compete for the grand prize.
More than the recipes, there are so many incredible individuals who enter the contest. Take, for example, Betty Staufenbeil (above), who at 89 is the oldest finalist this year at the Pillsbury Bake-Off. She first competed in the Bake-Off in 1961. This year she made peppered bacon-wrapped turkey pub sandwiches for the Amazing Doable Dinners category.
This year for the first time ever, the grand prize winner will be decided by a a combination of the judges and the rest of the United States. Voting ends December 2nd at 9:59pm CST. The prize is, of course, one million dollars.
I got to sample all four of the category winners after they were announced. I definitely have my own opinions about who should win the prize, but I don't want to cloud your judgement! All recipes are unique and delicious, but which one would you vote for?