Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Organic Strawberry Bread

So, many years ago DH & I were at some event where we had this delicious Strawberry Bread. The woman who brought it was kind enough to write down the recipe for me. So, I took it home, tucked it in my recipe box, never to look at it again until just recently, when I decided to organize my random collection of recipes into a binder. The woman who gave me the recipe actually wrote the date (11-8-2003) on the bottom of the page, so I have been hanging onto this recipe for nearly 7 years!!!

But, I have grown to be a much healthier eater since then so I made some very healthy modifications to the recipe after seeing how much sugar & eggs were in the recipe. I came up with, what I believe to be a delicious, guilt-free treat. This will make 2 loaves so it's great for parties or sharing...take one to your neighbor, friend or Moms Group. :)

Organic Strawberry Bread
(* = Organic)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour*
1 1/2 C Unbleached Flour*
3 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 C Oil* Veg/Safflower/EVOO/Grapeseed/Almond etc (Coconut NOT recommended)
3 Eggs*
2 packs (10 oz.) Frozen Strawberries* THAWED
1/2 C Agave Nectar* (I used light amber)
1/2 C Honey (I used local Orange Blossom)
1 C unsweetend Applesauce*

Directions:
(Pre-heat to 350)
-Combine Dry in a Med/large bowl
-In a separate bowl, mix (hand or stand mixer) on med. speed until an almost pureed consistency.
-Combine the rest of the wet ingredients w/ the strawberries
-Gently fold into dry mixture until just moistened through. (Do NOT over-mix)
-Lightly grease 2 loaf pans
-Bake for 70 Min.

The smell wafting through the air will tempt you to try a hot steamy slice right out of the oven. However, be aware that while it will taste amazing, the texture (immediatly out of the oven) will seem almost soggy....so, let it cool completly for the best tasting experience. It should have a slightly dense yet, oh so moist texture. And no one but you will ever know this had whole wheat flour and that it has a low glycemic index. :)

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!