Sriracha, veggies, surprises: trends for Pillsbury Bakeoff finalists

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Thousands of hopeful home cooks from across the nation whipped up new recipes to submit to the legendary Pillsbury Bake-off Contest. The top one hundred finalists have been chosen and one of them will win a million bucks for their dish.

The Taste of General Mills blog reports that many of the top creations fall into four food trends:

1. Sriracha. The Asian-inspired hot sauce made from sun-ripened chiles has gone mainstream, as have spicy ingredients.

2. Food mashups. Combining two taste treats in a single dish.

3. Vegetables. Incorporating good-for-you produce in unexpected, even tricky, ways.

4. Baked treats with a surprise twist. Infusing pastry with hidden ingredients.

Four Minnesota woman are among the finalists. 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.

A press release carried by Reuters says that the finalists will prepare their recipes in the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest next month in Las Vegas. For the first time, finalists were chosen by online voters after judges in the Bake-Off Kitchens reviewed recipe submissions and narrowed the field.

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