Fresh Strawberry Bread
Yields 1 loaf
Ingredients1 cup strawberry slices
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
Firstly, we're going to prep the strawberries. Put the strawberry slices in a bowl and sprinkle with the 2 TBS of sugar. Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight (or 8 hours). This will create a nice syrup with the berries.
After the strawberries have given up their sweet syrup, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Blend together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oil, vanilla, eggs, strawberry slices and its syrup. Dump the strawberry mixture into the flour mixture, and mix just until blended.
Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan (9 inches x 5 inches) and bake for approximately 50 minutes.
Notes: Chef Walter suggests variations of adding 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans or a bit of cinnamon to the batter, if you like. This bread is decadent served with a schmear of cream cheese.