Added by Guest | Wed 08 Jul 2009 @ 01:58
This Strawberry Bread has the flavor of summer, full of juicy strawberries and chopped nuts. It is delicious cut into thick slices, with or without a slathering of butter or a dolop of custard.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup toasted walnuts coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups quartered fresh strawberries
Strawberry Bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and place the oven rack in the middle position. Butter and flour the bottom and sides of an 8-cup loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 inch)
Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes or until brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and let cool completely before chopping coarsely. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until softened. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture (in three additions) and sour cream (in two additions) alternately, starting and ending with the flour. Mix only until combined. Gently fold in the chopped strawberries and walnuts.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake about one hour, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. This bread can be frozen.