Monday, September 27, 2010

Fresh Strawberry Bread

Sweet, fresh, spiced bread perfect for breakfast, or tea, or even dessert.

10 ozs stemmed and sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup plus 3 tbsps granulated sugar
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla extract

Slice the strawberries and place in a bowl. Sprinkle over the 3 tbsps of sugar and toss to thoroughly coat the berries. Leave to macerate for a couple of hours, until there is plenty of juice at the bottom of the bowl. Drain the berries, reserving the juice.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 3-inch loaf pan.

Mix the flour, remaining 1-cup sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla and mix until just combined. Fold in the drained strawberry slices, distributing evenly. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a tester inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

Remove the loaf from the oven and poke holes all over the top with a skewer or thin knife. Drizzle about ¼ cup of reserved strawberry juice over the top of the bread, allowing it to soak in. Loosen the cake from the sides of the pan with a thin knife and leave to cool in the pan.

Makes 1 loaf

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