It was a pretty casual day for us. We had leftovers for dinner which made it much easier to find the time and energy to try a new dessert recipe- Strawberry Loaf. It came from a new cookbook I recently picked up called The Best Bake Sale Ever Cookbook by Barbara Grunes.
I added fresh whipped cream and a few strawberries to top off a slice and was surprised at how appropriate it was for Canada Day (the whole white and red thing!) . If I realized earlier, I might have tried to fashion it like the Canadian flag (yes, I would do something cheesy like that).
Very simple, but so good! Here is the recipe if you'd like to give it a try:
2 Cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Stick of butter, cut into pieces at room temperature
1 Cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (I substituted with vanilla due to a treenut allergy in my son)
1 Cup crushed fresh strawberries or 1 10oz package of frozen strawberries drained
1/3 Cup sliced almonds (optional- I omitted)
Preheat oven to 325degrees and grease a 9 X 5" loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whick together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a seperate bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla or almond extract until light. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the flour mixture alternatively with the vrushed strawberries. Fill loaf pan with the batter and sprinkle almonds on the top if using them. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out on a rack and let cool completely.
I love making loaves and muffins. They come in handy when you are looking for a breakfast on the go or an afternoon snack for the boys. I've never come across a strawberry one before and will definitely make this again. It was moist with the perfect berry flavour. The last minute addition of whipped cream was very much appreciated by James as you can see here....
With the house clean, the kids sound asleep, and the sound of fireworks coming from my open window, I think I've found a few minutes of peace. And if I don't feel like making breakfast in the morning, we can always have some strawberry bread (with or without the whipped cream).
Happy Birthday Canada!