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Talented Home Cooks Whip-Up Inspiration For 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest

Add vegetables to meals with the following Bake-Off® Finalist recipes:

4. A surprise twist on traditional baked goods

Traditional baked goods were infused with hidden ingredients, redefining expectations and surprising and delighting eaters. From preserves to vegetables, Bake-Off® Finalists added new flavors and textures to put their own spin on iconic recipes.

"Adding an extra, hidden element to any recipe, especially a dessert, ensures an unexpected and sweet surprise for diners," said Atkins.

Finalists also found new, creative ways to incorporate the brand's refrigerated dough products into their contest submissions. For example, Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookie dough was transformed to create cupcakes while Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust was used to make homemade bagels.

Enliven your kitchen repertoire by adding the following Bake-Off® Finalist recipes:

Pillsbury Bake-Off ® Contest OverviewThe Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest began in 1949, and the first $1 million grand prize was awarded in 1996. At the 45 th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest, held in March 2012 in Orlando, Fla., Christina Verrelli of Devon, Pa., won the $1 million grand prize for her Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream recipe. The 46 th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest sponsors are The J.M. Smucker Company, GE Appliances and Green Giant. For more information, go to BakeOff.com.

About the 46 th  Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest Sponsors General Mills is one of the world's leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2013 worldwide sales of US $17.8 billion. Pillsbury products have been trusted by families to make meal times special times for more than 130 years. Favorite Pillsbury products include refrigerated cookies, crescent dinner rolls, breads, biscuits, pie crusts and sweet rolls as well as frozen biscuits, pie crusts and breakfast items. For product information and great-tasting recipes, visit  www.pillsbury.com. Log on to  www.generalmills.com for company information.

Green Giant started out in Le Sueur, Minnesota, as the Minnesota Valley Canning Company in 1903, when some 11,750 cases of white cream-style corn were sold in the company's first year. For the past 100 years, the Giant's Valley is where fresh and great-tasting vegetables are grown and picked at the peak of perfection. Green Giant has been implementing sustainability into the business since 1929 when the company introduced vacuum-pack technology and Green Giant has plans to continue to become "greener" in the future. The brand is now part of General Mills, Inc.

For more than 110 years,  The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in North America. The Company's wide variety of iconic brands and products include such trusted favorites as Smucker's® jams, jellies, preserves, fruit spreads and ice cream toppings; Jif® peanut butter; Crisco® oils, shortening and no-stick cooking sprays; Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk; and Pillsbury® baking mixes, ready-to-spread frosting and flour. For more information and delicious recipes, please visit www.smuckers.com, www.jif.com, www.crisco.comwww.eaglebrand.com and  www.pillsburybaking.com.

GE Appliances is at the forefront of building innovative, energy-efficient appliances that improve people's lives. GE Appliances' products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, water filtration systems and water heaters. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information on GE Appliances, visit www.ge.com/appliances.

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