Holiday Baking Turns Into a Sweet Battleground on the New Series Holiday Baking Championship

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Photo by: Jessica Brooks ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Jessica Brooks, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

When it comes to the holidays, baking has become an integral part of the tradition of celebration. But in Food Network's new series, it's turning into downright competition.

In Holiday Baking Championship, premiering Sunday, Nov. 9 at 9|8c, eight home bakers will get the chance to show off their sweet skills and holiday traditions as they compete for the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion. Whether they're baking cookies, pies, fruitcakes or gingerbread houses, these bakers represent the best of the best when it comes to creating holiday sweets that can stand up to this festive competition, hosted by Bobby Deen, and the serious judging from a panel of experts: Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale.

Each week's challenges will narrow down the field of bakers until just one remains to claim the championship title. Holiday baking just got a lot more competitive.

In each of six episodes, competitors will tackle holiday dessert battles that will gauge their skills and creativity under pressure. Will they be able to make over the misunderstood fruitcake? Can they create anything but a pie out of store-bought pie crust? Will they be able to translate their favorite holiday memory into dessert? These are just a sample of all the challenges that you can expect to see on Holiday Baking Championship.

And the holiday baking fun doesn't stop there. Each week fans can tune in online to watch judge Duff, in a Web-exclusive video series, bake fantasy creations based on each episode's theme.

Visit for recipes, videos and behind-the-scenes photos, plus join the baking banter on Twitter using #BakingChampionship.

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