Monday, May 9, 2011

Strawberry Bread

I first tasted this bread when my husband and I went out to dinner years ago. The restaurant served it as part of a shortcake. This bread was on the bottom, macerated strawberries on top of that and then fresh whipped cream set the whole thing off.  Saying it was good would be an understatement. You would think a dessert like that would be over-the-top sweet but it really wasn't. It was just sweet enough and this bread makes the perfect base for that dessert. Now, you can certainly eat this all by itself (maybe with a little dab of butter) with your morning cup of coffee or tea. You could even make these into muffins, if you prefer. But my favorite way to eat this bread is exactly how I first tasted it ~ as a shortcake.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place the oven rack in the middle position.   Spray the bottom and sides of an 8-cup loaf pan (9x5x3 inch) with nonstick cooking spray.  I like the nonstick spray that has flour in it. 

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until softened,
about 1 minute. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy.   Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add in the vanilla extract.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture (in three additions) and sour cream (in two additions) alternately, starting and ending with the flour. Mix only until combined.  Gently fold in the chopped strawberries and walnuts. 
Pour the batter into your baking pan and bake for about 1 hour, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. This bread can be frozen.  Makes 1 loaf.  
Enjoy!

43 comments :

  1. My mom use to make me strawberry bread and send it in a college care-package. Yum!

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  2. Your strawberry bread looks so good, especially topped with the strawberries. Yum! Hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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  3. This looks fabulous, Brandie! I'm so ready for our local berries...and I've been meaning to try strawberry bread for years...I'm going to try yours for sure :)

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  4. Bread like this as a shortcake, great idea. Vary the fruit and you can have seasonal fruit shortcakes year round. I am all about adapting, can you tell LOL, thanks.

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  5. Looks SO yummy! I am all about the Strawberries right now. Strawberry Chicken Salad and Eton Mess baby!

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  6. The one time I don't have fresh strawberries in the house. Sigh. This bread sounds so delicious and I know that itty bitty would love this. Yummy!

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  7. ... and now Brandie can make it better than the restaurant, hubby has never taken her out to dinner again.
    I'm probably wrong and you're taken out as you deserve. This looks SO good!

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  8. Yummers! I have a similar recipe on my blog and it is delicious. I will have to try it with strawberries on top though. Mmmm...

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  9. Oh my this bread sounds so good! And anything that can turn into a strawberry shortcake is a definite winner in my book!

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  10. Yum! I love strawberries! I bet this bread tastes so good! One of the grocers has strawberries on sale this week - buy one, get one free! Yay!

    Started a cooking blog! Name that recipe contest too! Come see me!
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  11. OH this looks wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us. I am LOVING your blog!!! I'm a new follower for sure! :)

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  12. What a great recipe. I picked strawberries yesterday. This will be perfect.

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  13. I'm ready to use some of my remaining hand-picked berries for this! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. OHHHH please come by and link this up! Sounds delicious!

    This week on THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS we are looking for “brunch recipes”. We’d love for you to come link up this tasty looking recipe!

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/05/this-weeks-cravings-28-brunch-recipes.html

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  15. Oh my lordy! I will be making this soon! I have a huge thing of strawberries I just bought. Can't wait to try this!

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  16. I will never resist your strawberry bread.It looks so good

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  17. What a heavenly loaf - I have never had strawberry bread before, it sounds superb.
    :-) Mandy

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  18. Brandie!! That looks SO good!! Really looks amazing. It is so pretty and such a great spring bread :-)

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  19. This sounds so good! I can't wait for strawberry season here.

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  20. Oh yum! This looks amazing. Makes me want to hurry along my new little strawberry plants. Guess I'll be waiting a looong time for those to produce! My mom used to make us strawberry bread for afterschool snack. It had a strawberry cream cheese spread she made from the strawberries juice. I am going to have to get that recipe out again! YUMMMMMMMMMM......

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  21. Tonya - you need to share that cream cheese spread recipe - sounds wonderful!

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  22. Mmmm, I made strawberry bread last fall with fall berries and it wasn't that tasty. Thanks for reminding me of this delicious bread, I'll have to make some with fresh spring berries!

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  23. I've never had strawberry bread, but why not?!?!! Especially with farm fresh strawberries and whipped cream! YUM!

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  24. I am bookmarking this for when strawberry season comes. I love quick breads, but have never tried it with strawberries. Thanks!

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  25. Another great strawberry recipe for me to do next month. I'm so excited for fresh berries. YAY!

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  26. It's strawberry season!! I have a ton a berries and this recipe will be perfect! Lookin good!!

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  27. what lovely and yummy recipe! gloria

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  28. First time I am seeing a recipe for strawberry bread. There's banana bread so why not strawberry bread! Thanks for the inspiration

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  29. This looks wonderful! I have never heard of strawberry bread... but why not. I am sure it's just delicious. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. : )

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  30. This looks yummy and perfect now with strawberries in season. Following you from Tatertos and jello. Have a great week. Fondly, Roberta
    www.loveshackliving.com

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  31. I love a new take on shortcake. This looks like a wonderful recipe to have with so many different ways to serve it.

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  32. I posted a Strawberry Bread this week too - but I love your idea for the shortcake! I will definitely try this next time!
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    Concetta

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  33. This looks awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! I just wanted you to know that you were featured on our blog today for Fresh Food Friday! Feel free to come by and check us out and grab a "Featured" button!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com
    PS I am your newest follower!!!

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  34. Hi, I just saw that you were featured on Six Sisters Stuff for your delicious looking strawberry bread. I will definitely be making this very soon! My strawberry lemonade cupcakes were also featured. I just have to say that I'm so glad I stopped by because apparently I have been missing out on southern cooking my whole life. All your recipes look amazing!

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  35. I just made a strawberry bread from a different recipe than this ... and I'm disappointed with it. Bummer. I'll be trying YOUR recipe next!!!

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  36. Hooray for strawberries!! I always love coming across new and yummy recipes for one of my most favorite fruits...GREAT looking recipe!

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  37. Wondering if you or anyone else has tried it with frozen strawberries? Would that change it completely. I really want to try this but only have frozen.

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  38. Hi Ashley! I don't really recommend frozen strawberries for this. The only problem with frozen strawberries is they bring a lot of excess water to the batter and that can ruin the texture in the bread.

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  39. Johnson - if you are reading this - no harm done. All comments have been removed. I just have to protect the photos or Google will read a recipe and/or picture as duplicate and then mark my site as spam so I just have to be careful of those types of things. Glad it all got sorted out and thank you for fixing it on your end!

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  40. Country Cook, this is Johnson. I love your website, thanks for the time and investment you put in. I am sure it is satisfying accomplishment....no one really gives us kudos for a really clean toilet! All in all I am glad for the mix up cause it revealed a weakness. I just wish Brandi wouldn't have assumed the worst and just contacted me about it instead of running all over the internet. Thanks for the grace you have passed on to me! My family is so much better off because of all I have learned from so many amazing women on the super highway. God bless and I look forward to finding out what new things I will pick up from your blog.

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    1. Johnson, I am so sorry I missed your comment when you first posted! Thank you so very much for such a sweet note! Thank you for being here. What a beautiful compliment - I'm honored!

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  41. I made it tonight for my boyfriend since he loooooooves strawberry!! I forgot most important ingredient.. BUTTER!! Does butter make any difference? It tasted kinda weird & plain. More like flour & cinnamon...

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    1. Janna, oh no! Yes, the butter is super important in this. It not only adds flavor but it keeps the bread moist as well! If you make it again, definitely remember the butter! :)

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