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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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Comments (2508)

  1. Cherie posted 05/12/2012

    Egg Custard Tarts. Yummy.

  2. HnH posted 05/12/2012

    NANA'S OATMEAL CRISP COOKIES ~ An annual Christmas treat that was made w/several other treats as part of her Christmas present for each family grouping (started w/3 groups & ended w/8 groups when she pasted.) Mom & I have been trying to recapture Nana's Christmas spirit ever since! (Not as good of course! ;) It was NEVER written down, but we were told you are to leave the cookie dough in an ELECTRIC refrigerator overnight & yes, it takes 2 days to make! Yummy & chewy, we have your old cookie tins, but not you…miss you Nana!

  3. Gracey Grace posted 05/12/2012

    upside down pinapple cake….its the best

  4. Nansee posted 05/12/2012

    Boysenberry pie

  5. Maya posted 05/12/2012

    lemon cheesecake :)

  6. Judy Brackin posted 05/12/2012

    How do you enter the drawing?

  7. Pamela Corpier posted 05/12/2012

    My favorite recipe is for a Cardamon Coffee Cake (ok, so we are a really old fashioned, simple family). I usually make this whenever we have a gathering for, whatever reason.It's a rich, buttery cake with cardamon spice, and a crunchy pecan, cinnamon swirl filling, topped with a crunchy sweet streusel topping and glaze dripping off the sides and top. It's really simple, but the taste is so comforting, its almost magic.
    If I haven't seen family for a while, I can make this cake, and family can stop by for coffee or tea, and a quick visit. It's AMAZING how food can bring us together.

  8. Michele F posted 05/12/2012

    We love ice cream, but my husband makes some wonderful cookies too.

  9. sharon posted 05/12/2012

    my mom's kolaky recipe – it's a cream cheese dough with an apricot/honey filling and then baked in a crescent shape and dusted with powdered sugar! A lot of work but Yum! I also can say that I love the caramel cake at Magnolia's!

  10. ana posted 05/12/2012

    my grandmom sweet bean

  11. Lisa Cody posted 05/12/2012

    The best cake ever is mandarin orange cake!

  12. Debbie posted 05/12/2012

    Our favorite recipe is an old time favorite that my grandmother called, "Soda Cracker Pie." Deliciousness made with walnuts and a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top. I think I'll make it tonight. Thanks. Sweet Home looks like a fabulous cookbook – thanks for the opportunity.

  13. michelle posted 05/13/2012

    my favorite family recipe, a simple vanilla cake with vanilla frosting.

  14. Sarah posted 05/13/2012

    My Grandma's banana bread! I loved it, and miss it so much… Lost the recipe during a move and have yet to find one that ever came close to tasting as good :(

  15. Laurie Charles posted 05/13/2012

    My grandmother's apple pie is my family's sweet treat! I am required to make it each time I go home to my parents' or my brother's houses. It is a "recipeless" recipe. I sat my grandmother down when I was 18 to ask for the recipe. She said you need about "this much flour" and motioned three to four scoops with her hand. Add lard till it looks like peas. Add water until it feels good. I had absolutely no idea what she meant then, but I do now, and she was right!

  16. Isabelesque posted 05/13/2012

    My grandma's butter tarts!

  17. Lia Simpson posted 05/13/2012

    My aunt's red velvet cake

  18. Cheryl Chainey posted 05/13/2012

    The favorite family recipe is a toss up between Chocolate Cream Pie and Whoopie Pies! I have no idea how long they have been in my family, but I know we make either one for family events! YUMM!

  19. Rettaj posted 05/13/2012

    My grandmother's Butter roll…a simple sweet way for her to make the grandkids a sweet by using leftover biscuit dough. Raising a family during the Depression taught her never to waste food!

  20. JoAnn posted 05/13/2012

    My grandmother's vanilla rice pudding (wish I had the recipe)!

  21. Phuong Luu posted 05/13/2012

    My banana bread pudding!

  22. Kimberly posted 05/13/2012

    Mom's mac and cheese

  23. Andria posted 05/13/2012

    My mom's peach cobbler is amazing. She only uses fresh peaches. When I was a kid she spent the summer peeling and cutting cases of peaches to freeze just so we could enjoy her cobbler anytime of the year.

  24. elisa posted 05/13/2012

    Vanilla filled creme horns is what my mom makes best.

  25. Becca Parnell posted 05/13/2012

    Banana Cream Cupcakes.

  26. Molly O'Donnell posted 05/14/2012

    I love making my grandmas Apple Turnovers !! So Yummy :)

  27. Claire posted 05/14/2012

    My mom's vanilla ice cream. That was the only thing she knew to make when it comes to dessert… But it was so good.

  28. Julie posted 05/14/2012

    Molasses, ginger cookies.

  29. JaMo posted 05/14/2012

    Grandma's Rhubarb Pie!

  30. Aimee Dirksen posted 05/14/2012

    Butterfinger banana cake….super easy and tastes better the longer it sits!!!

  31. MaryEllen Morris posted 05/14/2012

    I love rhubarb!!! I can't wait to try the recipe. Who knows…maybe my family will change their minds after biting into one of those bars!!!

  32. Lynn Cosentino posted 05/14/2012

    My mother always made a sumptuous ginger cookie for christmas. Unfortunately I have since lost that recipe and have been trying to duplicate it from memory but it hasn't happened yet.

  33. barbi posted 05/14/2012

    orange flavored soft cookies with an orange icing. my grandmother makes these and they are yummy.

  34. Sherri posted 05/14/2012

    Our "go-to" special occasion treat is "Spanish Cream", a very old family recipe. Just have to allow for set up time, as it's not like instant pudding! And if I really want to make my husband smile, I make my carrot cake to keep it company.

  35. Joann posted 05/14/2012

    It is a toss up between my Mom's Chocolate Cream Pie and Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie……both are really, really good!!

  36. mary ann h posted 05/14/2012

    My mother's made from scratch pies

  37. Linda Centrella posted 05/14/2012

    death by chocolate (a big clear bowl) gone in minutes!

  38. Crystal George Bruns posted 05/14/2012

    One on my family's favortite sweet recipes is called Almost Twix bars. The are a homemade Twix bar that are to die for. I can't keep a pan of them around for long.

  39. Jannett Dell posted 05/14/2012

    my paternal grandmother's rhubarb custard pie

  40. Rebecca Combs posted 05/14/2012

    My mom's Texas Sheet Cake Brownies! The moist mocha cake and fudge-like frosting just melt in your mouth :)

  41. Tracy posted 05/14/2012

    My mom's peanut butter cake…it's so good! Even the frosting on it is homemade. And no matter how hard we all try, we can't make it like she does even when we following the recipe!

  42. Anne Hansen posted 05/14/2012

    My Great Grandmother's recipe, handed down through 5 generations is still the family hit. Chess pies made for individual eating in muffin tins and topped with whipped cream. Never a holiday without them.

  43. Melanie posted 05/14/2012

    My favorite recipe is my Grandmother's (Grandmommie) Strawberry Cake. It was 3 layers of yellow cake with 7 Minute Icing (which I find difficult to make) with strawberries everywhere. Sugar, cake and strawberries! Yummy to my tummy. Except my Dad got a cake in May. In March strawberries aren't ready. I miss her.

  44. Kendra Cain posted 05/14/2012

    Grandmothers peanut butter cookies..

  45. Michelle P. posted 05/14/2012

    My family loves spring because that is when our rhubarb comes on and the strawberries ripen and I make Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble. While it is still warm from the oven, dish vanilla ice cream over the top and savor spring! We do :)

  46. mailani posted 05/14/2012

    Fudgy caramel brownies with macadamia nuts. Yummy!

  47. Emma posted 05/14/2012

    my grandmother's toffee bars are easy and always a crowd pleaser

  48. Lisa B. posted 05/14/2012

    My mother's blackberry cobbler made with wild blackberries daddy picked for us. We'd top it warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…so simple, yet so delicious!

  49. Jessica posted 05/14/2012

    My mom's Anything Cookie recipe! Baking cookies with her when I was a child is where my passion for baking began.

  50. Kalyn posted 05/14/2012

    Chocolate chip cookies. My whole family will gain weight trying to eat them all overnight!

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