Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Rainy Day Treat: Strawberry Bread

It's been raining since yesterday.  Not that heavy 15 inches in 48 hours everybody grab a sandbag and hold on rain they originally predicted, but that slow and steady been going on for so long that even though the air isn't really cold it's still too damp to be comfortable rain.  So L built on a fire and I put on a fresh pot of coffee and set about to make us an afternoon snack.

I found this recipe in an extension homemakers cookbook several years ago. I don't make it very often so it's kind of a special treat in my house.

Strawberry Bread
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 quarts strawberries
1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped

Slice strawberries, cover with 1 cup sugar and let set for 10 minutes. In a seperate bowl combine flour, 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, soda, and salt. Mash strawberries, add oil and eggs and mix well. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture and stir together until moistened. Add nuts, if desired. Pour batter into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour.

Slicing the strawberries seems to make them easier to mash and will allow the sugar to work faster.

Covering the strawberries with sugar and allowing them to macerate for at least 10 minutes.

This is another thing that a potato masher is handy for.

This recipe mixes together really easy, no need to use a hand mixer, a heavy spoon will work fine.

Either pan works great, but remember if you're using a dark pan it tends to cook a bit faster than a glass pan does.

The girls weren't home from their sleep over yet so L got to lick the bowl.

I use a toothpick to make certain they're done.  It's best to let the loaves cool before removing them from the pans, slicing into them, and eating a piece (but trust me, it's not absolutely necessary).


  1. As we were leaving your house Sierra says "mom you gotta start making that strawberry bread, It's way better than the banana stuff you make!" LOL Kids are so sweet.

    1. Don't feel bad, L said basically the same thing to me while I was baking it. Lol!!

  2. How much cinnamon ?

    1. Oops! Sorry, I'll get that fixed. It's 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Enjoy!