posted by techgoddess 04-05-101 11:13 AM
Fresh Strawberry Bread
2 cups fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
1+3/4 cups bread or all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or other shortening
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Cream cheese, softened (optional)
Ground cinnamon (optional)
Crush enough of the strawberries to fill 1 cup. Pour into a small saucepan and heat over a medium flame. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Slice the remaining strawberries and chill.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. In a large mixing bowl beat the sugar and butter together and then add the eggs and water, mixing until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing well to blend. Stir in the crushed strawberries and walnuts. Spoon the mixture into a greased 8x4x4 inch loaf pan.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. When the loaf has cooled in the pan for 10 minutes, turn onto a rack to cool. Cut into slices, spread with softened cream cheese, add a light dusting of cinnamon, and top with the reserved chilled strawberries. Makes one loaf.
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