Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Strawberry loaf

To get us all in the mood now the temperatures are warming up, and in preparation for those strawberry picking days, I thought I'd share my recipe for Strawberry Loaf.  I can't claim it as my own, it's off one of those Sainsbury cards you pick up. we go

Place 300g of strawberries, quartered and with green tops chopped off, in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.  Mash with a fork and set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine 300g self raising flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt then set aside.  In a separate bowl, whisk 75g unsalted butter, 225g sugar, 1 tsp vanilla essence and 2 large eggs until fluffy.  Gradually add the flour mixture and 80ml cold water (which I forgot to add, but mine didn't seem to need it), stirring continuously, then fold in the mashed strawberries.  Scrape the batter into a greased loaf tin, smooth the top and bake in a preheated oven at 180c, fan 160c, gas 4 for 50mins.

Leave to cool, then turn out.  Cut into slices, spread with clotted cream and top with slices of fresh strawberry for a delightful taste of summer!!

Here's mine (despite looking like mice have been at it) and the verdict was 10/10.

Lastly, I just thought I'd show you a photo of our azalea which is thriving at the moment. We've had it 8 years and it hasn't flowered since we got it and now look at it.


KC'sCourt! said...

Well that looks delicious!
Julie xxxxxx

Pink Feather Paradise said...

mmmm... cake!
I think I might have to have a go at that one... especially as I have a working oven... wooo hooo!

must be the right weather for the azaleas as I have seen some lovely ones.. with that in mind Stourhead and the rhodedendrons (probably spelt wrong! lol) will be beautiful this year...
hugs Alex

Jackie said...

That cake sounds extra yummy! ~ I will definitely have to try it out for myself :O)

Isobel said...

That loaf looks so yummy!
I will be saving the recipe to try some weekend. :)

harmony and rosie said...

Like banana loaf only with strawbs. Just think you'll be able to use different fruits as the seasons go by. Yummy.

Country Bliss said...

That sounds really yummy, I've never baked with strawberries before so it'll be good to try this one out.
Yvonne x

LissyLou said...

mmmmm strawberry loaf yum!!!

And what beautiful pink flowers..ooooo..a very springy happy post!!

Florence and Mary said...

Yummm now I just need some strawberries!

Victoria xx

bellaboo said...

I'll be giving that a go.It sounds really delicious..and quite healthy least that's what I tell myself!
Your azalea is a very pretty colour.Hope it will flower every year from now on.

Bellaboo :0)

silverpebble said...

I've never heard of a strawberry loaf - I'm bookmarking this - thankyou!

Annie said...

Your strawberry loaf looks delicious, I think I will have to give it a try.
Ann x

Muddy Puddle Crafts said...

oohh like the sound of that, think I'll have to try that !

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

I have never eaten a strawberry loaf before and I am very intrigued by it. Thank you for sharing that recipe with everyone!
Have a lovely weekend
Warm wishes
Isabelle x