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Monday, December 14, 2009

Strawberry Bread

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I have begun my Christmas cooking.  First off, I always make strawberry bread at Christmas time.  I have made this for years and my family loves it.  I only cook this at Christmas for some silly reason.  Maybe because it is a little red and it reminds me of Christmas.  Anyway, I have started and made several batches so that I can take a small loaves to my neighbors and friends.  The rest will be in the freezer for my company during the holidays.  I hope you like it and add it to your Christmas baking.


Ingredients!


In a large bowl combine dry ingredients - flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.



Add vegetable oil and eggs.  Mix thoroughly (will be very thick).



Stir in strawberries and (nuts optional).


Grease and flour loaf pans.


Pour batter into greased and floured loaf pans.  As you can see I used various sized pans.  The small pans which are 6x3X2 which need to cook at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes depending on your oven.  Test the bread by poking with a toothpick until it comes out clean.  The normal size loaf 9X5X3 takes around 1 hour to cook.  Keep a close eye and use the toothpick method of testing.




Happy Eating!



Recipe:


Strawberry Bread

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 (10 oz) packages of frozen strawberries, thawed
1 ¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)


In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.  Add vegetable oil and eggs.  Mix thoroughly (will be very thick).  Stir in strawberries and nuts.

Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9X5X3 loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes if cooking two of these at one time.

Poke with a toothpick, if it comes out clean it will be done.  If the top of your loves begin to look a little brown, cover with foil.

Note:
I used varied sizes of loaf pans.  8X4X2 pans cooking time would be  30 to 35 minutes, 6X3X2 also cooks for about 30 to 35 minutes depending on your oven.  When using the small loaf pans be careful on your cooking time.  Everyones oven temperature varies.

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