Wednesday, July 8, 2009

!!! Strawberry Sour Cream Bread !!!

I had to put the exclamation marks on both sides of the name of this bread because I need you to know how much you will love it! When I found this on one of my newest fave cooking blogs, The Closet Cook, my brain started to FREAK OUT! I had never heard of such bread, but just the sound of it made my mouth immediately start to water ... as I'm sure yours is right now. As luck would have it I have a huge bag of strawberries in my freezer, so I hopped right to it and made this heavenly treat. It was a BIG hit with Rich, our pals the Purser's, and of course ME! The whole loaf had disappeared by the next day! Strawberries are on sale everywhere right now, so go get some and bake yourself the perfect summer bread. You'll be so glad you did!

1/2 c. unsalted butter
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
2 c. strawberries (fresh or frozen), diced
Cream butter and sugar in a bowl. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in another bowl. Mix 1/3 of dry ingredients into wet. Mix 1/2 sour cream into wet. Mix another 1/3 dry ingredients into wet. Mix remaining sour cream into wet. Mix remaining dry into wet. Mix in strawberries. Pour batter into 9 x 5 greased loaf pan. Bake about 60 min. at 350 degrees, or until golden brown & toothpick poked into center comes out clean.
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