Sue Compton, of Delanco, N.J., woke up this morning suddenly a millionaire. Her recipe was chosen as the grand prize winner in this year’s Pillsbury Bake-Off, capturing the cool million dollar prize.
Suddenly Susan, indeed.
Compton’s recipe for Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups topped nearly 100 other contestants in the finals of the 44th annual amateur baking contest, sponsored by General Mills, General Electric, The Hershey Co., the J.M. Smucker Co., Eggland’s Best, Land O’Lakes Inc. and Fisher Nuts.
The prizes, which also included $7,000 in GE Profile kitchen appliances, were presented on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” highlighted by a shower of confetti when the big prize was announced.
“This recipe didn’t include many ingredients but they were combined in the most imaginative way possible,” said Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest judge Jonell Nash, food industry consultant and former food editor of Essence Magazine. Oprah called the recipe â€˜cute.â€™
Three other finalists took home $5,000 prizes and free ovens: Niki Plourde of Gardner, Mass., for her Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets; Evelyn Henderson of Roseville, Calif., for her Salmon Pecan-Crusted Tartlets, and Kellie White of St. Louis for her Zesty Lime-Fish Tacos.