Strawberry Sour Cream Bread

Strawberry Sour Cream Bread with Melting Butter

I have been seeing a lot of imported strawberries in the grocery stores lately and that reminded me of the fact that strawberry season was coming in a few months. I also remembered that I had frozen a lot of strawberries from last year and they were still taking up a lot of my precious little freezer space. I would have to use the frozen strawberries before strawberry season starts! Besides I would need that freezer space for my ice cream makers bowl and all of the ice cream that I plan on making during the summer. :)

Recently I have been enjoying quick breads and I though that using the frozen strawberries in a strawberry quick bread would be a good idea. Since strawberries and sour cream go well together I wanted to use some in the quick bread. I found this recipe for a strawberry sour cream bread that sounded pretty good. Most quick bread are as simple as mixing the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients and then combining them but this recipe called for mixing them a bit at a time. It was still really easy and took almost no time at all. The baking bread of course filled my apartment with an amazing aroma. When the bread was still warm from the oven I had to give it the standard taste test with melting butter and it was really good! I had the strawberry sour cream bread for breakfasts during the week and I changed it up a bit each time. One morning I had the bread with some strawberry cream cheese and another morning I had it with some of the strawberry jam that I made last strawberry season and it was good both ways.

The strawberries looked great when they went into the freezer and they looked the same when they came out of the freezer but the nice red colour dulled when they thawed and they shrunk. The thawed strawberries certainly did not look all that great but they still tasted good. In fact I think that freezing the strawberries may have enhanced their flavour a bit. It seems that frozen strawberries are fine for when you want some nice strawberry flavour but they are not so great when you want nice looking strawberries. The frozen strawberries were good for a recipe like this bread but they are not the most photogenic. I like to try to eat locally grown foods when I can so in the end I guess it works out.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup toasted pecans (coarsely chopped)
2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions:
1. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl.
2. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
3. Beat in the vanilla.
4. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in another bowl.
5. Mix 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet.
6. Mix 1/2 of the sour cream into the wet ingredients.
7. Mix 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet.
8. Mix the remaining sour cream into the wet ingredients.
9. Mix the remaining dry ingredients into the wet.
10. Mix in the strawberries.
11. Pour the batter into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.
12. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until golden brown and a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean, about 60 minutes.

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53 comments:

Ferdzy said...

Strawberries! Sour cream! Swoon! Looks fab. And good for you for planning ahead and using you local berries - they really are better, aren't they?

Elle said...

Oh, Kevin--that looks so good! I was just in the kitchen looking for a snack--something exactly like this. And unless I want to start baking at 9:40 pm, I'm out of luck. Maybe for breakfast tomorrow! I've got frozen raspberries...

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Ooooh, this is a great idea Kevin! I'll keep it in mind but with fresh strawberries, of course. :)

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

That looks just *ridiculously* good.

cakebrain said...

Shades of summer! that looks so yummy!

Jenny said...

How exciting,
I've got a ton of strawberries that I just froze, I think I just found what I'll be using them for!! Great looking recipe

Manggy said...

Yeah, there tends to be a bit of a letdown after thawing... But the flavor from the sugar/syrup they're packed in usually help :) Straight-to-puree/ ice cream/ strawberry sauce for those!

I would never have thought of strawberries in a non-muffin quick bread! Very unique!

Psychgrad said...

Looks delicious Kevin. I love strawberry anything. Can't wait to pick some local strawberries myself.

Dani Spies said...

OMG! that looks SO good!! Wa-wa-wee...I likey this bread!

RecipeGirl said...

The strawberries around here have been really delicious lately. I've got a good one for Mike's event too! Strawberries photograph so prettily when fresh... and then when you cook them- blek. dull. Your bread looks yummy.

farida said...

Kevin, you are amazing! This bread looks so delicious!

Allen said...

This is great, Kevin -- I've never had a strawberry bread before and this is intriguing :-)

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Bring on the coffee, I will have 2 slices please. The problem with these breads is that they are always smal and not rising enough, but you obviously had the touch to create a winner.

Dhanggit said...

oh kevin, this strawberry sour cream bread definitely seduced me :-) i love the combinations of strawberries and sour cream. I must admit i rarely use strawberries for cooking I eat them as it is.;but i'll definitely try this bread specially strawberries are in season here

Meeta said...

Kevin you are a dream man - this bread looks sooo good. A fantastic way to enjoy the typical strawberries and cream.

Chuck said...

Kevin, that Strawberry bread looks amazing with the melted butter on top. My mouth is watering. Brovo!!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

This bread is a work of art! It really looks beautiful and tasty! Great job!

eatme_delicious said...

That is one incredibly beautiful looking bread! Wish I could have a slice. Great way to use up your strawberries!

Peter M said...

Living in Canada, we don't have the luxury of buying "local" or a long growing season so, sue us Canadians for buying something from the South.

The cake looks yum...I'll have that with my "imported" coffee too!

Sylvie said...

It's not fair. I just got up and haven't had breakfast yet and now you have me craving Strawberry and Sour Cream Bread.

Christie said...

This is divine!! I think a good variation would be raspberries and walnuts (instead of pecans). I'm definitely going to give this a go though, I love strawberries.

Patsyk said...

Sounds like a perfect combination, Kevin! I used up all my strawberries from the freezer already, but I'll save this recipe for when we go strawberry picking!

Gloria said...

Oh my God!!! your pictures looks wonderful and looks so yummy! You take wonderful pictures Kevin, Im learning yet! Hubby gime me a digital camera for Christmas and sometimes the childs take the picture better!!! Looks wonderful. (how ever)

exuberantchef said...

Wow! You know I'm with you on this one! Especially the part about using strawberries frozen from last year's bounty before the fresh ones are available locally. I've never experienced 'let down' from thawing. I freeze them whole on cookie sheets before packing, so no need for sugary syrup. How do you freeze yours?

I'm making this glorious bread today! Thanks,

Deborah

Cafe Johnsonia said...

That looks so good, Kevin!

I've been toying around with a recipe for blueberry muffins that uses a ton of sour cream. I wanted to adapt it for strawberries. The first time I made it, there was too much extra liquid from the strawberries. I'm so glad to have your recipe!

diva said...

ooh, cinnamon and strawberry. sounds like a combo worth trying! thanks x

Steph said...

It just doesn't get any better than this! Strawberries and sour cream and bread! Delicious!

Deborah said...

I just saw some strawberries at the store this morning - now I wish I would have bought them!

Emiline said...

Strawberry and sour cream go together well, don't they?! You and I are both on to that secret.
That loaf looks beautiful. I don't think I want to post the bread I made the other day.

The Tough Guy said...

Wonderful wonderful blog. I was looking for a way to roast the chestnuts I bought them 2 months ago and found you. Thanks. I'm going to roast them today and enjoy. And by the way I'm not surprised that you have no Persian meal in your menu because they are mostly complicated and difficult to make but I'll send you recipes, if you like and I bet you'll love the food. Keep the good work

toni said...

Perfect timing, Kevin! Got the strawberries in the freezer. Got the sour cream in the fridge. Oh yes!

LyB said...

That is one amazing looking bread! I really wish I had some strawberries in my freezer right now! ;)

Holler said...

That looks like an amazing loaf Kevin! I am going to steal it!

Pam said...

What a wonderful looking (and sounding) bread!

Vicarious Foodie said...

This looks so good! I wish I had some strawberries around so I could make this for breakfast tomorrow.

White On Rice Couple said...

This is just beautiful and delicious! We're linking this recipe...

Lisa said...

I must make this! I can't wait for strawberries to come into season!

Nilmandra said...

Lovely! I love making quick breads so this is definitely going into the recipe folder. Thanks, Kevin!

Kevin said...

exuberantchef: I just placed the fresh strawberries in a freezer bag and tossed them into the freezer. No syrup or anything.

SweetDesigns said...

Great Idea!! I can't get over how great a strawberry quick bread sounds, will definitely have to try it!!

Johanna said...

your bread sounds fantastic - I drooled at the sound of it hot out of the oven with melted butter on it - must must try it!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

What a wonderful recipe! I just found your blog through Stephanie's Kitchen and am so happy I did! Lovely photos too!

jyllian said...

So I tried to make this and something turned out wrong. I baked it for the suggested hour (and the crust looked like yours) but it was totally gummy and gluey inside, not fluffy and golden like yours. I used fresh strawberries but I think either fresh or frozen carries with them a good deal of liquid. My berries were big and juicy. Maybe I should have gotten the little, drier kind? Anyway, it was so disappointing as I was excited about this recipe.

Kevin said...

jyllian - Sorry it did not work out for you. When baking a bread like this I take the bake time as a guideline for when to start testing to see if it is done. The toothpick test will definitively tell you if it is done baking. You poke the toothpick into the center of the bread and if it comes out clean it is done baking. If it is still gummy and gluey inside the toothpick will come out covered in batter and you know that it needs some more time. If the top looks like it is going to burn and it still needs more time you can cover the bread with foil and continue to bake.

'Becca said...

After 9 months and 44 comments...did no one notice that this recipe with all its detail about when to add things never mentions when to add the STRAWBERRIES?!?! With the sour cream, I'm guessing. I plan to try this recipe tomorrow! Thanks.

Kevin said...

'Becca: Good catch. Fixed

Katherine said...

I just made this and it's so yummy! However, I made a few changes: applesauce instead of butter, decreased the sugar to a bit more than 1/3 c, whole fat plain yogurt instead of sour cream, and used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose. Sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet, and fairly healthful. Thanks for a great recipe!

Laura said...

I made this yesterday and it was sooo good for breakfast today. When I saw the recipe and especially the photos I just had to try it, it looked so amazing! I made a couple of substitutions but otherwise closely followed the recipe. I used blueberries (frozen) rather than strawberries (I live in Japan and had a hard time finding strawberries at the store) and also used whole wheat flour instead of white. I also added some oatmeal flakes to the top of the loaf before putting it in the oven. It turned out delicious and my husband said he could eat it everyday. Thank you so much for the great recipes!

Adrienne said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe! I have strawberries sitting in my frige waiting for me to do something with them and I just so happen to have a ton of leftover sourcream from all my Easter recipes so this is perfect! Thanks again :)

andyvp said...

I made this over the weekend. It was fantastic! Two thumbs up for the Strawberry Sour Cream Bread!

simplychicforcheap said...

i do a weekly recipe post on my blog and was thinking about trying this one out for this week's recipe! looks amazing! :)

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Janetopia said...

Great recipe. Used whole frozen strawberries, then sliced them. Everyone loved it. Thank you!!

Ashley V. said...

I made this last night & it's already almost gone! Thanks for the recipe-- I love your site!

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