February 7, 2011
45th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is looking for recipes

By Allen Pierleoni

It's that time of year again, when home cooks can win cash and prizes by coming up with original recipes for baked goods.

The 45th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is now accepting entries through April 18; register and submit your recipes online at You could be among the 100 finalists who will gather for the contest finals March 25-27, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. There, they will make their dishes and vie for a chance at the grand prize.

The prestigious bake-off will distribute "more than $1.1 million in cash, prizes and trips" next year to amateur cooks in four cooking categories. Each category will have a number of finalists, and judges will choose one winner from each category. Then, judges will fork over $1 million (plus $10,000 in kitchen appliances) to the ultimate winner among those four; the three-runners-up will get cash and appliances.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.

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