Three Utah cooks made the finals (of a total field of 100) in Pillsbury's recent 41st Bake-Off® Contest. None of them won the $1 million grand prize—that went to a concoction called Oats 'n Honey Granola Pie, submitted by an Ohio woman and also declared winner of the "Weekends Made Special" category.
Somehow a pie made from granola bars doesn't seem all that weekend-special to me, but I'm not from Ohio.
Gloria Rendon with her Corn- and Cheese-Stuffed PeppersUtah finalists' recipes:
- Gloria Rendon's Corn- and Cheese-Stuffed Peppers
- Erin Renouf Mylroie's Breakfast Banana Sundaes
- Terri Barton's Bacon-Cheese Pull-Aparts
All recipes in the contest were required to use at least one General Mills product, which is why something like "Oats 'n Honey" is inflicted upon a recipe name in such a contest—it specifies Nature Valley's Oats 'n Honey® Granola Bars as one ingredient. I think they're also under some federal law to have at least one recipe with the oh-so-cute 'n version of and, because that's Homey 'n Reminiscent of the 1950s or something.
The 2004 Bake-Off winner: Oats 'n Honey Granola PieThe Oats 'n Honey Granola Pie recipe also specifies "1 Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pie Crust (from 15-oz. box), softened as directed on box." I imagine if you don't soften as directed, your recipe is disqualified, your sifter is confiscated, and your apron is shredded.
It's amusing to read these recipes in the Salt Lake Tribune story where I first encountered them. The Trib, in another lame attempt at trying to maintain a semblance of editorial detachment, rewords the recipes—instead of outright demanding the appropriate General Mills product as on the Pillsbury pages, the recipes merely "suggest" the products. Like the granola bars and Yoplait yogurt and Green Giant Mexicorn. (!)
(In typical Trib high-quality copy-editing fashion, they list the grand-prize recipe thus: Oats on Honey Granola Pie.)