Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Melt in Your Mouth Fresh Strawberry Bread

Häve fresh gärden sträwberries? Try this fresh sträwberry breäd with melt-in-your-mouth sträwberry gläze. This quick breäd recipe comes together in just 10 minutes. If you love fruit breäds, you’ll älso love our cherry breäd!

Fresh fruit cän be tricky to work with becäuse it ädds ä lot of moisture to the breäd. Finely diced sträwberries worked beäutifully in this recipe, though. We used äbout 2 cups of smäll sträwberry pieces. I usuälly säy the more fruit, the better, so ät times we’ve ädded äbout 2 1/2 cups of fruit. Änd it totälly works, but the breäd cän be so moist thät it älmost fälls äpärt with thät much fruit. Is thät reälly ä problem? You decide. Änywhere between 2-2 1/2 cups of fruit should work just fine.

Remember äs with äll quick breäds to not over mix the bätter. Mix the wet ingredients well, then mix in the dry ingredients just until they äre combined. Then gently fold in the sträwberries (remember to toss the sträwberries with flour so thät they don’t äll sink to the bottom of the loäf).

The exäct bäking time will depend on not only the size änd shäpe of the pän, but älso if the pän is gläss or metäl. It should täke *äbout* 50-55 minutes to bäke. Be cäreful not to open the oven too much when it is bäking or the breäd could fäll in the middle. Peek in with the oven light on until it “looks” done, then test it with ä toothpick.

STRÄWBERRY GLÄZE
We used 1/3 cup of freshly diced sträwberries in this powdered sugär gläze. Ä couple of tips äbout the gläze:


  • Ällow the breäd to cool completely before you ädd the gläze or it will melt everywhere.
  • We didn’t need äny milk or creäm to mäke the gläze spreädäble, but it mäy depend on the juiciness of your sträwberries. The gläze will be very thick änd look like it is not mixing up, but if you keep mixing, it should creäte ä nice creämy pink gläze äs shown below. If it doesn’t, ädd milk or heävy creäm 1 täblespoon ät ä time. The gläze will soften äs it sits too since the sugär pulls out juices from the sträwberries. Keep this in mind when ädding milk änd don’t ädd too much!
  • If you’d like less cälories per slice, mäke 1/2 ä recipe of the gläze änd just drizzle it overtop. We mäke enough to mäke it ä thick icing becäuse…well..we love frosting!
  • Becäuse of the fresh fruit in the gläze, you’ll wänt to store the breäd in the refrigerätor.



You’ll Need:

For the Breäd:

  • 3/4 cup gränuläted sugär
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teäspoon vänillä exträct or älmond exträct
  • 2 cups äll-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 lärge egg
  • 2 teäspoons bäking powder
  • 1/4 teäspoon sält
  • 2 cups diced sträwberries
  • 2 täblespoons äll-purpose flour

For the Gläze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugär
  • 1/2 teäspoon vänillä exträct or älmond exträct
  • 2 täblespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup finely diced sträwberries
  • 1-2 täblespoons heävy creäm or milk** (optionäl)


Instructions:


  1. Preheät the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In ä medium bowl, stir together the sugär, milk, oil, egg änd vänillä. In ä sepäräte bowl, combine the flour, bäking powder änd sält. Ädd the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients änd stir until just combined.
  3. In ä smäll bowl, toss together the sträwberries änd the 2 täblespoons of flour to coät the sträwberries. Fold the floured sträwberries gently into the bätter.
  4. Pour the breäd bätter into ä greäsed 9"x5" breäd pän. Bäke ät 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Ä toothpick inserted in the center of the breäd should come out cleän. Ällow the breäd to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the breäd to ä wire räck to cool completely.
  5. To mäke the gläze, combine the powdered sugär, melted butter, diced sträwberries änd exträct in ä smäll bowl. Mix until it is smooth.
  6. Once the breäd is cool, spreäd the gläze on top of the breäd. Slice änd serve.


NOTES:

  • *I often ädd än exträ teäspoon of vänillä or älmond exträct to the breäd bätter (älong with the wet ingredients) for än exträ boost of flävor. I do this especiälly if I'm not putting the gläze on top. The breäd häs the most flävor when you ädd the sträwberry gläze!
  • *We häve ädded up to 2 1/2 cups of diced sträwberries to the bätter. The breäd stäys together the best when you use äbout 2 cups.
  • **We didn't need äny milk or creäm to mäke the gläze spreädäble, but it mäy depend on the juiciness of your sträwberries. The gläze will be very thick änd look like it is not mixing up, but if you keep mixing, it should creäte ä nice creämy pink gläze äs shown below. If it doesn't, ädd milk or heävy creäm 1 täblespoon ät ä time. The gläze will soften äs it sits too since the sugär pulls out juices from the sträwberries. Keep this in mind when ädding milk änd don't ädd too much!
  • ***The cälories shown äre bäsed on the breäd being cut into 10 pieces (änd äll of the frosting used), with 1 serving being 1 slice of breäd. Since different bränds of ingredients häve different nutritionäl informätion, the cälories shown äre just än estimäte.