During lockdown, I remembered I used to bake A LOT when my children were little, well, even when they were big! It’s something I always enjoyed doing. There were always freshly-baked muffins, cookies, and bread waiting to be devoured. As life got busier and busier, the baking happened less and less.
I started using the extra time lockdown seemed to afford to start baking again, much to my son’s delight!
Making quick bread appealed to me, as they bring a sense of comfort, although not as a comfort food. It reminds me of spending time with my grandmother teaching me how to bake. The sense of creating food from scratch, with fresh flavourful nutritious ingredients, and delicious smells filling the house is my feel-good pick me up. It always puts a smile on my face. The music I have playing in the background always adds to the atmosphere.
Try out the strawberry bread recipe from An Italian In My Kitchen. It has become my son’s new favourite!!
- 1/4 cup butter softened (50 grams)
- 3/4 cup sugar (150 grams)
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour (260 grams)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk (60 grams)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries (195 grams)
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C Celsius). Grease and flour a 9 – 9 1/2 inch (24 centimetre) loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl cream, the butter and sugar then add the egg and combine.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- With a wooden spoon add flour mixture alternately with the milk to the creamed mixture in three parts, then add vanilla, mix just until combined. The mixture will be thick. Gently fold in the strawberries.
- Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan, if desired sprinkle with topping**. Bake for approximately 45 – 50 minutes. Let cool completely before drizzling with a simple glaze.
**topping – mix 3 teaspoons brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
- 1/2 cup powdered/icing sugar (60 grams)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon cream
In a small bowl mix together until smooth, icing sugar, vanilla, cream and milk should be quite thick. (if you want it thicker add more powdered sugar/icing sugar)
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