Irish Cook

Grab the Last of the Strawberries

closeupstrawberriesStrawberry Bread

Makes 1 loaf

The season is almost over, but if you still have a few stray berries left, try them in this quick bread. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, it’s sweet enough to be considered “dessert.” Coming soon: “Favorite Flavors of Ireland,” my 11th cookbook.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 large eggs, beaten

3/4 cups canola oil

1 cup sugar

1 cup chopped strawberries

3/4 cup chopped pecans or pistachios

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

1.Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray a 9-in. loaf pan with cooking spray and dust with flour. Tap out excess.

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and sugar. Fold in the strawberries and nuts.
  2. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, smooth the top, and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then invert on to a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing (or wrap in foil and store at room temperature). Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

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