I love baking. I do. It makes me happy.
I'm not entirely sure why, but it could have something to do with using my mom's old spoons and bowls, or baking breads in my aunt's old bread pans.
When I bake - I feel this connection to my family in a way that warms my heart as much as the oven warms the kitchen.
I feel connected - I feel that I'm showing love in some way.
Doesn't seem right for the ManChild (formerly known as the BoyChild) to come for a visit and not find some fresh baked goodness going on.
I don't cotton to sending Glenco out among the English for the day without a little cookie or something in his lunch.
That's how I roll.
And - that's how I got so many rolls.
I adore quick breads.
There's something so homey about them, and well - they are quick.
The variations are endless - and when Aldi had strawberries on sale for 99 cents a box -
I went a bit nuts.
I ate four boxes m'self the first week.
Then I got four more.
Um, and four more.
|My strawberries fresh from the garden - 2010
Needing to bake (yes, I needed to) yesterday, I thought...well, now if there can be banana bread, and pumpkin bread and the likes, then surely, there could be some strawberry bread makin' up in here.
I found this recipe on Allrecipes, and tweaked it around.
Use FOUR cups of strawberries, and ONE teaspoon of cinnamon.
Slice some of the strawberries, and halve some.
If you have strawberry extract around, I'd splash some in there.
I do think it's very good - BUT - I'm dreaming of a poundcake like strawberry bread, perhaps with a tad of heavenly cream cheese mixed in it somehow with more of a strawberry taste.
I'll keep playing.
This bread is definitely worth a go - especially with our beloved strawberry season upon us.
I'm bringing a loaf to the 'Your Garden Almost Made Me Crash' lady/man today.
I hope I'm well received!
Have I told you that I'm declaring this the year of the picnic?
Yes, it's true.
Please make this for your next picnic.
I thank you in advance.