ASHBURN WOMAN MAKES PILLSBURY BAKE-OFF FINALS

Lauren Katz, an Ashburn homemaker, was a finalist in the recent 49th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off competition. She won in the Cozy Weekend Breakfasts category with her amazing looking “Cherry-Cream Cheese Crumb Cake Bombs.”

Thanks to her win, Katz was one of four finalists who got to go to New York to appear on the Food Network show “The Kitchen” where the Bake-Off winners were announced. She’ll also appear in a Food Network Magazine article, and she won new GE appliances and $5,000 in cash.

Melissa Jollands, Lauren Katz, The Pillsbury Dough Boy, Andrea Espinoza, and Joanna Crumley, as seen on Food Network’s The Kitchen

This is the third and final time that Katz will participate in the Bake-Off and she is thrilled with her experience. “As a young girl, I would watch the Bake Off on TV, and just wish to someday be a part of such a historic event, a piece of Americana that is so good and nourishing to the soul, and honors the creativity of the home baker,” she wrote in a post on social media. “Pillsbury has been so wonderful to me, and I will always hold a huge cinnamon roll center spot in my heart for the people from General Mills.”

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The Pillsbury Bake-Off first debuted 1949 and has been held on and off ever since. Contestants use Pillsbury products to create their own unique sweet and savory treats in different categories. If you’d like to know more about Katz’s “Cherry-Cream Cheese Crumb Cake Bombs,” here’s a link to the recipe and a video is below.