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Monday, April 16, 2012

Strawberry Cream Bread + Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread






From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Most of the recipes I'll be posting this week are very simple. While none of them come near gourmet standards, I promise those of you who try them will not be disappointed. As a way of thanking the hospital staff who have been caring for the Silver Fox, I decided to bake for them. So, midweek I began making quick and simple treats that could be easily transported. The transportation issue pretty much limited me to cookies and quick breads and this strawberry cream loaf is a really quick, quick bread that they loved. The original version of this recipe was developed in the Betty Crocker test kitchens. It requires no special equipment to make and if you have a bowl and a wooden spoon you can have this bread on your tea table in an hour. I like to serve this plain and honest loaf with a homemade strawberry cream cheese spread. The spread helps dress up the bread and the two paired together make for a wonderful tea time treat. This is a straight forward recipe and it is one that even young cooks can make without difficulty. I hope those of you who are not familiar with the bread will give it and the strawberry cream cheese spread a try. I really think you'll enjoy them both. Here are the recipes.

Strawberry Cream Bread...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Betty Crocker

Ingredients:

1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup strawberries, cut in pieces

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
2) Place butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix to blend. Stir in sour cream, blending well.
3) Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix to incorporate. Do not over beat.
4) Stir strawberry pieces into batter. Spread in prepared loaf pan. Let mixture sit in pan for 20 minutes prior to baking. Bake for 50 – 55 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire cooling rack. Let sit for 10 minutes before before before removing from pan. Slice and serve. Yield: 1 loaf.




Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Southern Foods.com

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 cup fresh sliced strawberries

Directions:

Combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and strawberries in jar of a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth and well blended. Use immediately, or refrigerate until needed. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.











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38 comments:

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

I love the sound of this strawberry filled treat. I'm desperately waiting for strawberry season to start here.

Hovkonditorn said...

This sounds again so lovely! I like the strawberry cream cheese spread as well!

Pegasuslegend said...

I love the look of this... creamy and my favorite time of the year Strawberry season!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very seasonal and sounds great! I hope to give it a try soon:@)

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, I haven't been blogging due to health, but have been reading periodically. The Silver Fox is in my prayers. :)

Kim said...

This is a great bred and I also like the spread to boost the strawberries flavor!

Martha said...

What a pretty bread and what a great spread! And it's strawberry time, too! You always have the best recipes!

Jenn said...

Oh how lovely they both look apart - I can only image the magic they make together!!

Roz said...

I just bought my first batch of the year strawberries! I love this recipe and especially the strawberry spread! Thanks for sharing such a sweet spring recipe!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Hmm - I have a batch of strawberries in the freezer from last summer. I'll bet with a few modifications, I could use them in these recipes. Hope the Silver Fox is doing well.

lea said...

I've never had a strawberry bread and I'd like to bake this. great with a salad for lunch. Of course the cream cheese spread looks fabulous. Hope your man is doing well.

Claudia said...

Every spring I make a strawberry load to usher in the season. Will give this version a whirl.

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

Very pretty bread. I bet they loved it at the hospital. Hope your husband is doing well and coming home soon. Have a great week.

Patricia said...

I have been looking for a strawberry bread recipe. I will try this.

Jane said...

You are so sweet! I am sure they will love it! I love anything strawberries, and have been buying a ton recently! I can't wait to try it as well!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

These recipes are perfect for our stormy Chicago weather.

I bet the hospital staff loved this.

ImSoVintage said...

Looks easy and delicious. Hope the Silver Fox is feeling better.
Hugs,
Laura

Choclette said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, simple is often the best. I've not baked with strawberries before so am bookmarking this in the hope I will remember it come strawberry season. The cream cheese sounds delicious.

Sorry to hear about the Silver Fox - hope he is well on the way to recovery now.

Suzie said...

I bet the hospital staff is loving you! :)

Christi Silbaugh said...

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Ginny said...

I bet those nurses are in heaven! I hope your husband is on the mend?

Angie's Recipes said...

wow I just love that strawberry cheese spread!! Soooooooooooo smooth!
Bet the quick bread would go great with some tea for the breakfast.

Jo-Lyn said...

Yummy!! =)

June said...

Lucky hospital staff as this bread looks fabulous. Hope your Silver Fox is recovering and that he'll be home soon. You're both in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

A Paixão da Isa said...

o whoua o whoua tudo é muito bom nao sei qual escolher adorei todos bjs

Steph said...

I'm definitely bookmarking this for when we pick strawberries in June. Looks wonderful!

David said...

Mary, Very nice and simple recipe. Love strawberries in any format! I hope that the Silver Fox is doing well... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Country Dreaming said...

This looks and sounds yummy!
I hope all is well with "The Silver Fox."

Melinda

Samantha Powell said...

Ooooh sounds delicious! I love strawberries!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Mary, this sounds like a lovely cream bread. I didn't have the recipe and am happy that you posted it. I don't think you should ever apologize for a recipe being simple to prepare. Some of the best recipes I have made would not be called gourmet. As a matter of fact I think most of what I prepare is not complicated. I think we all appreciate a wonderful recipe like this one with the nice strawberry cream cheese to go with it. I'm sure that everyone at the hospital enjoyed it.

Foodycat said...

I'm sorry the Silver Fox hasn't been well - I missed that piece of news. This bread looks fantastic! I am looking forward to making it soon!

Dining Alone said...

That is so kind of you to make food for the staff, I am sure they are very appreciative. Not enough people take the time to really thank others these days. The bread looks delicious.

Joanne said...

What a lovely quickbread! Strawberries seem to make everything taste like spring.

Shug said...

Oh yes....I'm baking this one for sure. does this bread need to be kept cool? Was just wondering how long it can be out with the strawberries in it. Sounds so good!
hugs

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

This looks perfect for April! And I'm sure strawberry butter would be good with it too!

michele said...

Don't think I ever had strawberry cream bread but wish I had some now.

The Harried Cook said...

This bread sounds amazing! The hospital staff must be thrilled to have it... and I hope your husband is getting better! Will pray for him right now... Hugs & Blessings...

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Another keeper!

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