45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest Lets You Be the Judge for the $1 Million Grand Prize Winner! Place your vote and get the recipes to some creative yummy new dishes!

Entries for the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest are in and judging is now underway. And once again the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest is letting You Be the Judge!

Over the years we’ve received countless calls from people wanting to get involved in this iconic contest. You Be the Judge! provides consumers with a fun way to experience the contest and play a part in helping to decide some of the recipes that will compete for the $1 million prize,” said Jann Atkins, the Bake-Off® Kitchens Manager.

Beginning May 12, 2011, America will have the opportunity to vote for 10 of the 20 original recipes posted on www.bakeoff.com. The recipes will be posted in pairs every two weeks beginning May 12, 2011 (namely, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 18, Sept. 1 and Sept. 15, 2011) and during each two-week period, consumers will have the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite of the two recipes. Voting is limited to one vote per person per each pair of recipes. Voters must be registered members of pillsbury.com and 18 years of age or older as of May 1, 2011 to participate.

The recipe from each pair receiving the most votes at the end of the two-week period will move forward in the competition and the contestant who submitted that recipe will become a finalist in the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest. Voting for the tenth and final pair of recipes will close at 11:59 a.m. CDT on September 29, 2011, and the final 100 recipes competing for $1 million at the competition will be announced mid-October 2011. From March 25-27, 2012, one hundred creative cooks from across America will stay at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Florida to compete in the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off competition. The contest will feature 100 original recipes—90 recipes whose creators will directly earn a spot at the competition and the 10 winning recipes from You Be the Judge!

The 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is sponsored by General Mills, GE Appliances & Lighting, The J.M. Smucker Company, The Hershey Company, Land O’Lakes, Inc., Fisher Nuts, McCormick & Company, Inc., Muir Glen and Progresso and will award more than $1.1 million in cash, prizes and trips.

From early January through mid-April 2011, home cooks entered their original recipes in one of four recipe categories: Breakfast & Brunches, Entertaining Appetizers, Dinner Made Easy™ and Sweet Treats. Entrants were required to use two or more different eligible products in their recipes, with at least one ingredient from the primary list of products and a second from either the primary or secondary list.

The primary list featured returning eligible products to the contest, including Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls, Classic Pizza Crust, Cookie Dough and Ready to Bake!™ Cookies, Biscuits, Cinnamon Rolls, Breadsticks, Crusty French Loaf, and Pie Crusts; Pillsbury Brownie Mixes and Pillsbury BEST Flour.

The secondary list featured Jif Peanut Butter, Smucker’s Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Fruit Spreads, Crisco Cooking Oil, LAND O LAKES Stick Butter and Eggs, Hershey’s cocoa, baking chips or bits, baking chocolate and syrup, Fisher Nuts, and Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. Progresso Bread Crumbs, Soups, Broths, Muir Glen Canned Tomato Products and McCormick Herbs, Spices and Extracts were new eligible ingredients also on the secondary list.

Recipe entries are judged for appropriate use of eligible products, taste, appearance, creativity and consumer appeal. For the 45th contest and You Be the Judge! voting official rules, visit www.bakeoff.com.

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