Sugar is not my friend and oh how I love cakes, cookies and pies but they do not love me back. Anyone that know’s me well knows that when crisis strikes, I can solve anything with a cookie in hand. I’ve had a terrible sweet tooth all of my life. I remember being 5 years old, scaling the cabinets in our kitchen looking for chocolate. Not having much luck finding a Hershey bar, I ran across baker’s chocolate and yes, I ate it.
Shopping while starving at Costco a few weeks ago, I wound up with 6 pound bag of frozen strawberries. While my intent was smoothies for months, my sweet tooth got the better of me and I had visions of a giant strawberry cake with cream cheese icing, which was always my birthday cake of choice. I came up with a delicious strawberry bread that will beat out a cake craving any day.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, pureed
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup applesauce, no sugar added
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
If using frozen strawberries, let defrost before processing in blender.
In a large mixing bowl combine flours, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
In another bowl combine strawberry puree, sugar, applesauce, oil, egg, vanilla and lemon zest.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and fold together. Do not overstir.
Pour into a loaf pan sprayed with oil or cooking spray and bake for 50-55 minutes. A knife will come out clean in the center of the bread when it is done.
Let cake cool for 30 minutes before drizzling the glaze over the bread.
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Whisk together until smooth. Let bread cool for 3o minutes and then drizzle on the bread.
One kitchen tool I love and use all the time is my rocket blender. I got this Bella Cucina rocket blender at Macy’s for around $30. It is great for making salad dressing, smoothies and sauces. It comes with three different blending cups, two blade choices and several lids.