Pillsbury recently announced the 100 finalists’ recipes for its 43rd Bake-Off Contest, and the competition’s home page lists a fun historical fact: “When Dorothy Koteen’s Open Sesame Pie was announced as the 1954 Grand Prize winner, a virtual ‘out-of-stock’ on sesame seeds was declared by supermarkets around the country.”
It’s hard to say whether any of this year’s recipes will take the country by storm. When you skim through the list, delicious isn’t the first word that comes to mind, and the Epi-Log has already noticed a few entries that sound like “fusion gone terribly wrong.” Samosa taquitos with apricot chutney sauce, made with garam masala and Old El Paso chopped green chiles, top Epi’s weird-foods list. They’re followed by huevos rancheros pizza and Thai-style Mexican chicken wraps, which involve taco seasoning, peanut sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, and curry paste—and have already earned several five-star ratings. (Obviously, the majority of voters here have a taste for bizarre Pillsbury creations.) I’m also slightly spooked by the orange marmalade-chorizo pizza, but I have yet to attempt any of these recipes at home.
Of course, some of them do look better than others. I hate to admit it, but being that Smucker’s Caramel Sundae Syrup is a guilty pleasure of mine, I’m intrigued by the caramel chai bars. With only five ingredients and 20 minutes of prep time, they’ll certainly appeal to hard-core Sandra Lee fans. And is anyone else interested in the slightly more complicated breakfast baklava? I mean, why use boring old phyllo dough when you can use Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers Butter Tastin’ refrigerated biscuits?