The 51st Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is officially open to home cooks and bakers nationwide, giving them the opportunity to win a grand prize and make a generous charitable contribution. This year’s contest has a special twist, as Pillsbury is challenging participants to turn their ovens off for the first time in the contest’s history. Pillsbury is introducing the Ovens Off Bake-Off Contest and contestants will be required to use anything but the oven to prepare their recipe.
To kick off the competition, Pillsbury is partnering with actress, producer, director, entrepreneur and cookbook author Eva Longoria to share some of her favorite no-oven-required Pillsbury recipes including Air Fryer Crescent Roll Quesadilla Pockets and Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze.
“I love getting creative in the kitchen and am always exploring new recipes and cooking methods. Throughout the years, Pillsbury has made that easy and a lot of fun for me and my family,” says Longoria. “I can’t wait to see the creativity from my fellow home cooks as they too turn off their ovens and share their favorite recipes.”
In the last year, Pillsbury has seen an increase in demand for recipes made outside the oven. The Pillsbury Ovens Off Bake-Off is a celebration of all the new ways families are preparing their meals, leaning into evolving cooking trends and using air fryers, griddles, grills, slow cookers and more to prepare their favorite meals, snacks, appetizers, breakfasts and desserts.
The Grand Prize winner for this year’s completely virtual contest will receive $50,000, as well as a $50,000 donation from General Mills on their behalf to a participating charity of their choosing.
“The Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is an iconic tradition featuring home cooks across America and their favorite family recipes. Every year we love to see the inspiration and creativity in these recipes, and we’re excited to add the new element of the ovens off challenge,” says Tiffany Seelen, Pillsbury Brand Experience Senior Manager. “Pillsbury fans are using air fryers, grills and other tabletop appliances to cook their go-to Pillsbury products and this contest will celebrate the fun and innovation they have in the kitchen.”
Recipes will be accepted now through August 14 at 11:59 am CT, and the winning recipe, cook and charity will be announced on October 3.