Thursday, May 26, 2011

Strawberry Tea Bread

Strawberry Tea Bread
This afternoon I made some strawberry tea bread using some of our CSA berries.  This is a recipe I made once a long time ago and loved but then forgot about.  All these spring strawberries reminded me of the yummy-tasting bread so I had to try it again.  I think the ground hazelnuts really give it a great punch, although I'm sure you could also just add hazelnuts to the mix and it would be just as good.  The other great thing about it is that you can bake it in your bread machine, which must use less energy than having your oven turned on for an hour (and I think it keeps the kitchen cooler, too...although maybe a newer over would be just as good at that).

Strawberry-Hazelnut Tea Bread

1.5 cups strawberries
2/3 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 tbsp milk
1/3 cup ground hazelnuts
1 1/3 cup self rising flour, sifted
  1. If using a bread machine, remove the dough hook from the bread machine pan.  Line bottom of loaf pan with baking paper or wax paper (I used aluminum foil).  Spray with baking spray or grease and flour the pan.  
  2. Hull and coarsely chop the strawberries.  
  3. Cream the sugar and butter together.
  4. Add the eggs and milk to the butter/sugar mixture.  
  5. Mix the ground hazelnuts with the flour and gently fold it into the wet ingredient mixture.  
  6. Gently add the strawberries and fold in.  
  7. Spoon into the pan.
  8. Put pan in bread machine and use "Bake" setting.  Bake for about 50-55 minutes (I baked for 60 min).  Or, use a 350 degree oven and bake for 60-70 minutes.  Check for doneness by inserting a wooden skewer into loaf -- it should come out mostly clean when the bread is done.  
  9. Cool for 2-3 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

This was a great desert for our Broccoli Cheese soup dinner! :)  

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