May 26, 2009

Strawberry bread

5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
1 pint strawberries, rinsed, hulled, quartered, and mashed with a fork
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter a loaf pan.
In a small saucepan, bring strawberries to a boil over medium heat.
Cook, stirring, 1 minute.
Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
With an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, and eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
Add flour mixture alternately with 1/3 cup water, beginning and ending with flour. Fold in reserved strawberries.
Scrape batter into prepared pan, smoothing top.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour (tent with foil after 45 minutes if top is getting too dark).
Cool in pan 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges; invert onto a rack.
Reinvert; cool completely.

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