Strawberry Tea Bread

Strawberry Tea Bread copy WM copyPicking ruby red strawberries in the cool early morning light is a memory that comes to mind each time I take in the sweet fragrance of these beautiful berries.  My favorite way to enjoy freshly harvested strawberries is to just pop them in my mouth.  But every so often, when my tummy is full and I find myself with an abundance, I often make this orange-scented, jewel-speckled bread.  When you find yourself in this wonderful predicament, bake up a loaf of this delicious quick bread.  And, if you are feeling extra generous, bake up two and share one with a friend; they will be so very thankful you did.

I would love for you to share your favorite strawberry memory, too.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. Orange Extract
  • 1 1/4 Cup Diced Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Butter and flour a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan or spray with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Stir together dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla and orange extract and add to dry ingredients; mix just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  5. Gently stir in diced strawberries and chopped pecans  – do not over mix.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven approximately 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the bread comes out without crumbs.
  7. Cool bread in pan a few minutes before removing to a wire rack.
  8. Cool completely before cutting.

 

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Comments

  1. Eric Parsell says:

    One of my favorite strawberry memories is eating this wonderful bread with my amazing mother. She is the best cook ever! Maybe the next time I come home to visit she could make some and we can make more perfect memories together.

    • Gail Gammon says:

      Thanks for the compliment, Eric. I think I can see some strawberry bread in your very near future and even more perfect memories. I look forward to seeing you and Kat later this month :)

  2. Yvette R. says:

    Hello Gail,
    I was drawn to your site by the picture of the French Onion Soup that Jerry posted on FB. It looks so delicious. I think I will make it soon. After seeing that recipe, I scrolled down and found this wonderful recipe. This looks like it will be scrumptious. My husband, Morgan, loves the fruit breads among other sweets. Thanks for this site. It looks like a hit!!!

    • Gail Gammon says:

      That is very sweet, Yvette! I have been making this strawberry bread recipe for over 20 years and our family really enjoys it – I hope yours does, too.

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