• The 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest

    April 12, 2010

    Wow! Now that’s what I call a food event! I’ve never seen anything like it! The Pillsbury Bake-Off® was fun, exciting, and even somewhat intense at times– there was $1 million at stake!

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    How the contest works:

    The 100 finalists have 4 hours to make their recipe and submit the final product to the judges. The finalists can make their recipe up to 3 times, and then they must choose the best “batch” to enter into the contest. One overall Category Winner is chosen in each of the following four Recipe Categories: Breakfast & Brunches, Entertaining Appetizers, Dinner Made Easy, and Sweet Treats.

    Each finalist has their own cooking station with an oven and all of the ingredients that they will need to prepare their recipe. (There are also “runners” on the floor just in case the finalists need any last-minute supplies.)

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    There are also designated refrigerators for cold ingredients.

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    The 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off® commenced with a Grand March of all 100 contestants.

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    Everyone in the room was so excited– finalists and spectators. The energy was contagious! I couldn’t help but clap along to the music with everyone else.

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    At 8 o’clock on the dot, it was time to start the contest! Ready? Go!

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    The finalists got right down to business. I was actually surprised to see so many relaxed faces among the finalists. I would be so stressed if I were completing in the Bake-Off, but the majority of the finalists seemed calm and collected. I’m sure they probably practiced their recipes a zillion times before today though!

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    As a member of the media, I had special VIP access to the cooking area, so I was able to get up close and personal with the finalists. But, for the first 20 minutes, only the finalists were allowed to enter the cooking area, so they could focus.

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    While cooking, the finalists took breaks to answer questions from the media and allow for photos.

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    When each of the finalists finished making their recipe, they officially submitted it to the judges. Each submission was a mini celebration– everyone cheered and moved out of the way for the finalist.

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    As you already know, the reason that I attended the Pillsbury Bake-Off® was to represent Eggland’s Best Eggs!!! :mrgreen:

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    Eggland’s Best Eggs were everywhere at the contest! In fact, 44 out of the 100 finalists included them in their recipe.

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    Here are just some of the wonderful EB egg entries:

    Savory Breakfast Pizza

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    Muffuletta Quiche Cups

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    Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layered Cupcakes

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    Blueberry Muffin Tops

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    Almond-Apricot Galette

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    You can see photos of all of the 44 recipes that included Eggland’s Best Eggs in the slideshow below. There were so many delicious-looking ones!

    Not surprisingly, my favorite part of the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest was sampling the recipes! After the finalists submitted their recipe to the judges, they shared what was leftover. It was awesome! I tried so many yummy things! :mrgreen:

    My favorite recipe of the day was an appetizer: Candied Bacon and Apple Canapés. Holy yum! I hope this one wins! We actually gave it the Blogger’s Choice Award! ;-)

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    Of course, I enjoyed the majority of the desserts that I tasted! ;-)

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    I really enjoyed the Oatmeal Raisin Cheesecake Crumble, which was another recipe that included Eggland’s Best Eggs.

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    And, of course, us bloggers had a fun time while working!

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    There were about 10 bloggers covering the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest this year.

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    Yowsahs! That was a monster post, wasn’t it?

    I hope you enjoyed reading my recap of the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest. I wouldn’t have been able to attend without the support of Eggland’s Best, who sponsored my trip. THANK YOU so much, EB! It had an amazing time today!

    And here’s some cool news about the Bake-Off…

    $1 Million Winner to be Announced Live on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”

    For the first time in the contest’s 60-year history, Oprah Winfrey will announce the $1 million grand prize winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest. Following the April 12th awards show in Orlando, the four category winners will fly to Chicago, where Winfrey will reveal which recipe is the million-dollar grand prize winner on the April 14th live airing of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Through the power of media, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. She is supervising producer and host of the top-rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

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    { 67 comments… read them below or add one }

    Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    that breakfast pizza looks amazing! I want to dive right in! ;)

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 12, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    That is a serious foodie frenzy! I don’t even know what to say about all of the amazing entrees and baked goods. I think that oatmeal raisin cheesecake crumble made me drool the most, though. Holy cow!

    You’re friends with Jaden Hair? I love her! I met her at a signing for her book back in October. She’s hilarious and inspiring!

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    kerri April 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I am so jealous that you got a hug from the Pilsbury dough boy!! Looks like a fun event to eat at!

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    Kellie April 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    The chocolate peanut butter cupcakes looks so good…

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    Jaclyn@todayslady April 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I would love to go to this thing!!! Its definitely my sort of contest!!

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    Kelly B (Local Foodie Fight) April 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    LOL. I love the delicious cupcakes accomplanied by the sign “DO NOT EAT.”

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    Wendy (Give Love Create Happiness) April 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Tina I love your energy through it all! Great job!

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    Tina April 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    @Kath: That was straight from the press materials!

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    Jaclyn April 12, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    How fun!!! Loved your updates; I can’t wait to see who the big winner is!

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    Jessica Lee April 13, 2010 at 12:20 am

    OMG. I would have been such a cookie/muffin/cake monster. It all looks so delightfully tasty.

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    Autumn B. April 13, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Some of those recipes look SO amazing – will the recipes be on any site so we can try to make them @ home?

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

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    Natalie April 13, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Tina,

    OMG I so embarrased that operation beautiful note was meant or Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point. my MIND is EvErYwHeRe at the moment. SO exhasuted. However, all the rest was meant for you.

    Thank you for everything. Ciao!

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    Becky April 13, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Everything looks so delicious! Foodie heaven! I want to eat a chocolate-peanut butter layered cupcake for breakfast! Setting the DVR for Oprah’s results…love the bake-off!

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    RhodeyGirl April 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Great recap Tina!

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    Helen April 13, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I want your job!!! This looks amazing. I can’t believe how relaxed they were. It’s so good that you got to sample their food to!

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    R @ Learning As I Chop April 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Wow, that looks like so much fun. I guess they had to use all manual tools? So no mixer or anything?

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    wendy sue April 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    omg so jealous, attending looks so awesome!
    I also wish I had the ability to create my own recipe!

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