Monday, February 21, 2011

Strawberry Bread

Strawberry bread was a special breakfast treat at Grandparents Day at Emma's school last week. I'm sure it tastes better shared with a grandmother or grandfather.

Strawberry Bread
From my go-to southern cookbook, Southern Born and Bread, compiled by the Junior Service League of LaGrange, Ga.
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
2 10-ounce packages frozen strawberries, thawed and drained, reserving 1/2 cup juice
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs and vegetable oil; mix. Stir in strawberries. Pour batter into 2 greased 8 1/2x4 1/2 x3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Combine cream cheese, reserved strawberry juice and powdered sugar to make a spreadable mixture. Slice loaves thin, and spread slices with cream cheese mixture. Makes 2 loaves. Freezes well. (Note: My cream cheese spread turned out a little too thin -- more the consistency of yogurt than spread. I would suggest adding the strawberry juice gradually to the cream cheese-sugar mixture to keep it a little thicker.)

"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." -- Alex Haley

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