As many of you might know, I am a big fan of baked goods. I'm just not a baker.
In theory, it seems easy enough, but in reality, it just never is. I thought - well, this owuld be the first time since we got this house that I've tried it, and maybe an oven that actually holds a consistent temperature will make it better.
Maybe it did.
A friend of mind posted a recipe for Strawberry bread. I was in a mood, so, I said, "oh, why not?". All I needed was the strawberries.
Ingredients For the Bread:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
or almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups diced strawberries
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
For the Glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup finely diced strawberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
or almond extract
1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk** (optional?)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, milk, oil, egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
In a small bowl, toss together the strawberries and the 2 tablespoons of flour to coat the strawberries.
Fold the floured strawberries gently into the batter.
Pour the bread batter into a greased 9"x5" bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center of the bread should come out clean.
Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the bread to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, diced strawberries and extract in a small bowl. Mix until it is smooth.
Once the bread is cool, spread the glaze on top of the bread. Slice and serve.
The last step, I think was my downfall.
I love how the milk or cream (I used the latter) was "optional", as if the confectioners sugar was just going to dissolve on its own. I should have used milk, as it is thinner. I should have used a mixer instead of by hand.
First off, an electric mixer would have mixed the berries better and let them bleed a little, making for a pink-ish glaze. And it would have made it thinner.
It all tastes good, but let's be honest here, it's cake, not bread. Not really.
Would I do it again? ehhhhh.....maybe. It's not so great that it is a must have. It was just a good way to kill some time on a Sunday morning.