The stoves are standing by and the stage is set at the CityCenter in Las Vegas where, later today, 100 finalists from 35 states will prepare their recipes in the 46th annual Pillsbury Bakeoff. One of the finalists will be selected as a million dollar winner.
Four Minnesota woman are there, baking for Doughboy dough. They include Sonya Goergen of Moorhead ("Mini Italian shepherd’s pies"), Vicki Mager of Bloomington ("Seeds and chocolate pastry wedges"), Cathy Wiechert of Mound ("Orange cardamom blueberry crostata"), and Beverly Batty of Forest Lake ("On-the-go breakfast cookies"). You can see all of the recipes from the finalists at Bakeoff.com.
The Las Vegas Review Journal noted that there's no peanut gallery for the big show; only participants, members of the media or a registered bloggers can attend.
The finalist's recipes collectively use 192 eggs, 95 pounds of flour, 54 pounds of frozen vegetables and enough Jif peanut butter and Smuckers jelly to make 252 sandwiches. Jif, Smuckers and Pillsbury are sister companies.
The first Pillsbury Bake-Off was held in New York City in 1949. Culinary classics the event introduced include the Tunnel of Fudge Cake, Orange Kiss Me Cake and Peanut Blossom cookies.
Is it lunchtime yet?