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Cookbook Giveaway: Sweet Home

Make Mom's Banana Cake from Sweet Home for your Mom this Sunday.

In Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Desserts and Ideas, food writer Rebecca Miller Ffrench shares how baking sweet treats can be nurturing, loving and caring, recalling and creating lasting memories. Her family has a long dessert-loving tradition, from her grandparents’ remembered nighttime sweets routine to her mother who always had an after-dinner treat waiting. And she carries the tradition on, making dessert for her own children regularly. Sweet Home is a collection of Rebecca’s family recipes, along with ideas and inspiration for preserving your own family’s recipes and starting your own traditions. It’s a beautiful and sentimental cookbook everyone (especially Mom!) is sure to enjoy.

Try a few recipes from Sweet Home today:
Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes
Black-Bottom Ice Cream Pie
Mom’s Banana Cake
Rhubarb Crumble Bars

In these simple springtime bars tart rhubarb is countered by sweet crust and a crumb topping.

We’re giving away one  copy of Sweet Home to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite sweet family recipe.

So, tell us, what’s your favorite family dessert recipe?

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re the winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:50 p.m. ET on May 11 and 5:00 p.m. ET on May 15. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $24.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

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  1. amy marantino posted 05/11/2012

    my grandmother's manicotti. we use crepes, not pasta, for the shells.

  2. Brenda Bullock posted 05/11/2012

    delicious recipes!

  3. Leslie D. posted 05/11/2012

    I would have to say my Mom's pumpkin pie and my Mother-n-law's lemon bars. Both are very hard to walk away from!

  4. Martha posted 05/11/2012

    Blueberry banana bread!!! The best combo in the world!!!

  5. Amy DesOrmeaux posted 05/11/2012

    My grandmother's chocolate cream pie!

  6. Kim posted 05/11/2012

    any of my grandmother's recipes

  7. Jessica Beam posted 05/11/2012

    My grandmother's Doce De Coco ! It's so sweet and chewy made of just condensed milk, coconut flakes and a couple of other ingredients. I can never make it like she does!

  8. Sylvia Critzon posted 05/11/2012

    I tried to click on to win the cookbook and I am unable to get threw

  9. Mary McCoy posted 05/11/2012

    Making Nestle's Toll House cookies with three generations of the family participating, the family fun was as important as the cookies were tasty!

  10. Bob Willard posted 05/11/2012

    I love the strawberry surprise muffins I love anything strawberry and can't wait to try the banana cake…

  11. Jackie posted 05/11/2012

    Lemon Meringue Pie, my grandmother's recipe

  12. Valeria posted 05/11/2012

    My mom makes this amazing cake that's layers of sponge cake and a cannoli cream filling, then topped with ganache.

  13. andrea posted 05/11/2012

    My mom and grandmother weren't very creative in the baking dept but what they did, they did well. I'd have to say my mom's 4 layer Jell-o pudding dessert lol.

  14. Joyce posted 05/11/2012

    My moms mistake cake. She started out making one cake but got confused and started making the other in the middle of one recipe. The result was the best cake I have ever eaten!

  15. Erika D. posted 05/11/2012

    My mom's peach cobbler or her cinnamon rolls (not a dessert, I know, but they are amazing and we only get them once a year at Christmas)!

  16. Marla posted 05/11/2012

    my mom's black forest cake…delicious!

  17. Idelisse posted 05/11/2012

    I would say my favorite desserts are Tiramisu and Nutella Cheesecake!!!

  18. Kgh posted 05/11/2012

    An apple cake that is one of those cakes that you keep going back for another little slice after slice after you've already eaten a proper slice when it was first served.

  19. OOcarolina posted 05/11/2012

    Chocolate crepes filled with raspberry marscapone cheese and lemon raspberry sauce

  20. Laurie posted 05/11/2012

    My favorite family recipe is a Neapolitan cake. Traditionally, in my family, it's made when a new baby is born, and once the gender is known that determines the color of the icing. Back in the day, nobody knew until the baby was born, so there was always a rush to get the cake done right — and the cake itself takes over a day to make!

  21. Janet R posted 05/11/2012

    Mother's Peach Cobbler! I make it with peaches OR peaches and raspberries OR blueberries – it's easy and fantastic!

  22. ocarreon posted 05/11/2012

    My favorite family dessert recipe is capirotada. It's a sweet Mexican bread pudding made with cheese, raisins, walnuts, and spicy syrup that we make during Lent. It looks really, really ugly but it's delicious!

  23. Jessie C. posted 05/11/2012

    apple crisp!

  24. Michelle S posted 05/11/2012

    My mom's not the best cook, but she makes an awesome Jewish Apple Cake. I can eat the entire cake in one day!

  25. Ruth Naylor posted 05/11/2012

    I was told a recipe by my husband's cousin that was super easy. Caramel Pie! It uses two cans of sweetened condensed milk boiled for a few hours until it turns to caramel. Pour out of the can into the graham crust and top with a meringue. Pop into oven to get some color on the meringue and you're done!

    • Rhonda posted 05/14/2012

      Sound great! I would like to try this. How long do you boil the sweetened condensed milk? How many is a few hours?

  26. Vanessa posted 05/11/2012

    My mom's blackberry strawberry with mascarpone cheese tamales are amazing. They are sweet and just delicious. I have to force myself to stop eating them.

  27. Vicki posted 05/11/2012

    My grandmother's chocolate chip cookies!

  28. Kelly posted 05/11/2012

    My grandma's German Chocolate Cake, Apple Pie, Lemon Bars, and Banana Bread!!! Can't choose just one, they are ALL too good :)

  29. Jeffrey Knight posted 05/11/2012

    I would dearly love to win a dessert cookbook. I go to so many parties in the course of a year, and I get a little tired of bringing the same green bean casserole as always.

  30. Mandy B posted 05/11/2012

    My grandma's brownies!

  31. Sharon Parsell posted 05/11/2012

    My mother's big egg and bacon pie because it is full of flavour and was always nice and moist…
    Mum i coming to Hobart to see you soon,hint,hint lol xx

  32. Wanda Harris posted 05/11/2012

    My mom's Chocolate pie with graham cracker crust !

  33. Samantha Edwards posted 05/11/2012

    My mom makes a fruit pizza with strawberries.

  34. kate posted 05/11/2012

    We make something called "Mud Pie." It's a delicious four layer dessert with chocolate pudding, whipped cream and cream cheese, all layered on a shortbread cookie crust! Delish!

  35. Anna Thaiss posted 05/11/2012

    Fried banana.

  36. MadameSexyPants posted 05/11/2012

    Triple berry crisp. Made with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries and a healthy dollop of whipped cream. Yum!

  37. P Tupper posted 05/11/2012

    Nalesniki…Polish crepes filled with tart cherries and cream cheese!

  38. Elizabeth posted 05/11/2012

    I love my mom's chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake!

  39. Stephanie Ann Rose posted 05/11/2012

    My family loves when I make pumpkin cheesecake for the holiday's

  40. danelle posted 05/11/2012

    my grandmother's icebox cinnamon rolls. they taste just like the cinnabond one's

  41. Donna posted 05/11/2012

    My mom's special raisin cake. She adapted it for my grandfather, and it didn't have a single raisin in it! Chocolate chips … Yes … Raisins … No!

  42. Suellen Kolbo posted 05/12/2012

    When my 4 daughters were at home, we made hand-cranked ice cream a lot, as much for the activity as for the ice cream. Now, I live alone and the dogs, cats, and I enjoy sitting to watch the automatic self-refrigerated ice cream maker spin itself into a treat (which animals get to share by the teaspoon-ful).

  43. Maureen posted 05/12/2012

    I think it is either my lemon squares recipe or my banana cake with cream cheese frosting recipe

  44. Molly M posted 05/12/2012

    Apple tart tatin. Learned how to make it a year ago and its been the favorite ever since

  45. Terry A Robinson posted 05/12/2012

    My kids tell me I make a mean lasagna. In my opinion I think my homemade banana cream pie is my best work. Guess it comes down to savory or sweet. This banana cake looks delicious. Would love to try it.

  46. Bob Stoffel posted 05/12/2012

    A woman at work use to bring these treats called Scotcharoos. Rice Krispie treats with chocolate and butterscotch. They always went fast.

  47. Kel posted 05/12/2012

    Monster cookies. Those rhubarb bars look amazing!

  48. Debbie F posted 05/12/2012

    My favorite sweet recipe that my momma makes is Banana Pudding….yummy!

  49. hon h posted 05/12/2012

    My favorite is my grandmothers lemon pound cake

  50. andrea posted 05/12/2012

    My mothers cherry pineapple cobbler-so good:)

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