When I have extra fruit on hand, my first instinct is to make quick bread, which is more cake than bread. I found this strawberry bread recipe on Vintage Victuals. It is always charming to see unique recipes on food blogs that have a story behind them, that come from family and friends of the blogger.
I modified the recipe, halving it to make a single loaf, substituting some whole wheat flour and cutting back the oil and adding some sour cream because I needed to use it up. With all these changes, the recipe goes to Blog Bites: Adaptation being hosted right here on this blog (tomorrow is the last day to send in your entries).
This quick bread is a simple, tasty treat, perfect for packing into lunch boxes or picnic baskets, worth enjoying over a cup of tea or a tall glass of iced coffee or lemonade.
Strawberry Quick Breadthis recipe on Vintage Victuals; makes one loaf)
1. Mix 2 cups of chopped fresh strawberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar and let the strawberries sit for 30-45 minutes, until the mixture becomes syrupy.
2. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a loaf pan.
3. Dry ingredients. Whisk together in a large bowl-
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 tsp. baking soda
- 1⁄2 tsp. cinnamon powder
- 1⁄2 tsp. salt
4. Wet ingredients. Whisk together in a medium bowl-
- 2 large eggs
- 1⁄3 cup oil
- 1⁄3 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
5. Combine wet and dry ingredients gently. Stir in strawberries with all the juices. Scrape batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a tester comes clean.
* * *We hosted a farewell dinner last night for friends who are moving to another city in pursuit of new adventures. This dessert involves no cooking and showcases fresh local strawberries. It is a variation of the traditional shrikhand that I have posted before. If you can stir, then you can make this dessert. That's the extent of cooking skills needed for this recipe.
V's comment when I offered him a taste: "This is the Indian version of strawberries and cream". We all loved this summery avatar of shrikhand and at the end, the guest of honor pulled the bowl and serving spoon into her lap and scraped it clean. This is exactly why I love cooking for my friends.
1. Line a colander/strainer with cheesecloth, clean cotton fabric or paper towels. Add 4 cups (32 oz. tub) of plain low-fat yogurt to the lined colander, cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or so.
2. Take the strained yogurt into a bowl.
- 2⁄3 cup sugar (or less or more to taste)
- 1 tsp. cardamom powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 to 3 cups strawberries, cut in small dice
4. Stir everything together, decorate the shrikhand with strawberry fans if you wish, chill and serve.
- It helps to add the sugar a few tablespoons at a time and let it dissolve into the thick, cold yogurt rather than adding it all at one time.
- If you make this shrikhand too far ahead of time, the fruit will start releasing liquid. Make it only 2-3 hours before serving if possible.
- To cut prep time even further, use Greek yogurt which is already strained.
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Fresh off the Needles
A small bag that I made to give as a gift; this adorable pattern is called the Christine Bag.
Check back in 2 days for the round up of the Blog Bites: Adaptation event, and have a lovely week.