Christina Verrelli, of Devon, Pa., won the $1 million grand prize at the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest for her original recipe, Pumpkin Ravioli With Salted Caramel Whipped Cream.
The winner was announced March 27 in Orlando, Fla.
The 12 contest judges evaluated the entries based on taste, appearance, creativity and consumer appeal.
They said Verrelli’s dessert is “right on trend with its savory and sweet topping of salted caramel whipped cream, but it’s a refreshing twist on a classic pumpkin pie at the same time.”
“Christina’s recipe is an innovative and sweet take on a traditional, savory favorite; it’s not like any ravioli I’ve ever tasted,” said Martha Stewart, who served as contest host.
Verrelli’s recipe also won her GE kitchen appliances valued at $10,000 as part of the grand prize.
She beat out 99 other home cooks in the country’s premier cooking competition.
Visit http://www.bakeoff.com to see the $1 million recipe as well as other finalists’ recipes.