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Womans recipe in national bake-off
Needs votes to advance to finals
Lise Ode of Forsyth County hopes to advance to the finals of the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Her recipe is for German chocolate doughnuts. - photo by Alyssa LaRenzie

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Lise Ode has loved baking sweets from the time she was old enough to plug in an Easy-Bake Oven.

As a teenager, Ode would use whatever was in the pantry to whip up the treats her mom wouldn’t buy.

Now, she has a chance to share her lifelong hobby on one of the biggest stages in home baking at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.

The Forsyth County resident submitted a recipe that earned a place in the semifinal round of the national contest in the “Quick Rise and Shine Breakfasts” category.

Now, she needs to get enough votes to be one of the 33 in her category at the finals in November in Las Vegas, where 100 competitors will vie for the $1 million prize.

The contest features online voting for the first time in its long history.

Ode’s German Chocolate Doughnut recipe is one of 60 entries on the voting website, complete with a delicious-looking photo and her name and town written underneath.

Voting ends at 1 p.m. Thursday, and Ode is anxiously awaiting the results.

She first became interested in the Bake-Off about 10 years ago when she watched the televised final competition.

“It looked like so much fun,” Ode said. “It’s this big room, and there are 100 little kitchens set up and the contestants are all making their recipes.”

She submitted some entries several years ago, but didn’t get selected.

Early this summer, Ode saw that a local grocery store was offering a $5 gift card for anyone who sent in a recipe to the contest.

She decided to enter again and invested some time in developing what could be a winning entry. Ode said it took about a month to come up with the German chocolate doughnut recipe.

“The requirements were that you had to use two of their products, and there could only be seven ingredients total, so it was really challenging,” Ode said. The preparation time must also be 30 minutes or less.

She started by looking through past Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbooks, where the finalists’ recipes are published.

Her research, combined with her family’s love of doughnuts and her late father’s fondness for German chocolate cake gave her inspiration in creating the recipe.

Ode fries a Pillsbury biscuit, then fills it with coconut frosting and tops with chocolate, pecans and coconut to make the sweet breakfast pastry.

Her husband and two children were the first to taste-test the treat, as usual, and then Ode asked friends and neighbors to give it a try.

“I got a really good response,” she said. “A lot of people were really excited about it.”

Ode hopes America feels the same way, so she can get a chance to be one of the 100 bakers working out of a tiny kitchen in the iconic final competition.