Friday, June 21, 2013

Strawberry Bread

 Mangia Mamma’s Strawberry Bread 
with Strawberry Icing
2 cups sliced fresh or frozen Strawberries- if frozen, let thaw for 10 minutes to soften 
2 cups unbleached flour  
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour  
2 cups sugar  
1/2 tsp. nutmeg  
1/2 tsp. ginger  
1 tsp. baking soda  
1 1/4 cups butter, softened  
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup confectioners sugar  
2 tbsp. strawberry syrup (I make my own, but you can use any strawberry syrup)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray. 
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl; mix well. Add butter and mix until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, being sure to blend before adding next one. Once batter is mixed, fold in strawberries, mixing just until combined. Divide batter into pans.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 15 minutes; turn out onto rack.
While bread is baking, make icing. In small bowl, mix together confectioners sugar and strawberry syrup. If icing is too thin, add a bit more syrup. Once desired consistency is reached, drizzle over warm bread.
Cool iced bread completely before cutting. 
This is very good for anytime of the day, and it’s delicious served with cream cheese and strawberry jam. It would also make a great base for bread pudding.

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