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Freebie Friday: Banana Bread, Quick Baking Bliss


Banana Bread. It means a lot to me. And based on the popularity of our October issue, it means a lot to you, too. Banana bread is one of those Cooking Light favorites that remains on top: top-requested from readers, top-searched on our site, top-rated by our editors. In October, the editors added to our collection of great banana bread recipes with such wonders as Peanut Butter Banana Bread and, dare I mention it, Bananas Foster Bread. Yum.

Maybe it's karma, but banana bread holds a special place for me as well. My grandmother made the most amazing banana bread (OK, based on the recipe, it was more like cake than bread). I would go to great lengths to make sure the required 3 almost-black bananas were left behind in the fruit bowl. When I came home from school, the aromas of baked banana bread smacking me in the face as I came in the door made me, well, bananas.

The day before my first child was born, I was in the mood for that banana bread. So I pulled 3 overly-ripe bananas from my stash in the freezer, mashed them with the wet ingredients, stirred in the dry with a fork as my grandmother did, and proceeded to eat the entire pan while standing in my kitchen. A moderation moment it was not. A memory I cherish, for sure.

At Cooking Light, we take special care to create baking recipes that 1) work 2) taste delicious 3) are lighter than your grandmother's version. Does that mean you should eat an entire batch in one sitting? Absolutely not. Does it mean you have new recipes you can pass to your kids? Yep.

In honor of my favorite quick baking treat, we're giving away a copy of our Special Edition, Cooking Light Quick Baking, on sale now through November 5th on news-stand. It's full of our best quick-baking recipes. Here's how it works:

Step 1: “Like” us on Facebook (use the Facebook box to the right and click “Like” if you don’t already like us).

Step 2: Describe for us here in 50 words or less your favorite quick-baking recipe. Entries should be typed into the comments field of this blog post. Entries are due by Monday, October 18 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Editors will select their favorite based on originality, creativity, and how well you address our question. Winner will be notified via email by October 25, 2010. For full contest rules, click here.

 

See our collection of Best Banana Bread Recipes for quick-baking inspiration.