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Fresh Strawberry Bread

Use the last of the sweet summer berries to make Fresh Strawberry Bread. This moist, flavorful bread is a dream for breakfast when lightly toasted and smeared with a bit of cream cheese.

Slices of freshly baked strawberry bread

If you’re looking for a way to use up that last stash of summer strawberries, I’ve got you covered with this Fresh Strawberry Bread.

Although Ohio strawberries were kind of disappointing this year due the weather, we were able to get our hands on some beautiful, sweet berries from a you-pick farm that had really great irrigation. Apparently this makes all the difference when Mother Nature decides it’s going to rain almost every single day for the entire month of June.


Whole fresh strawberries in a white colander

THE BEST STRAWBERRY BREAD RECIPE

Believe it or not, I have not always been a blogger.

Before I started My Baking Addiction and for several years after, I was a middle school teacher.

Folding fresh strawberries into quick bread batter with a spatula

Having a teachers’ lounge to deposit leftover baked goods was convenient and had the unintended side effect of making it widely known that I had started a baking blog.

Once MBA became common knowledge among my fellow teachers, they frequently sought me out to make their cakes, cupcakes and even search for recipe ideas.

Batter for strawberry bread in a loaf pan, ready to be baked

This is how Fresh Strawberry Bread was born. A coworker wondered if I had recommendations for a strawberry quick bread recipe she could serve to guests coming into town for her son’s wedding.

At the time I had never made strawberry bread. But of course I was compelled to get into the kitchen and start experimenting.

After a little tinkering and a bit of trial and error, I had a fantastic Fresh Strawberry Bread recipe on my hands.
This quick bread is super moist, dense in just the right away, and bursting with sweet strawberry flavor.

Stack of strawberry bread slices

TIPS FOR MAKING STRAWBERRY BREAD

  • Use a mixture of butter and cream cheese plus buttermilk for tang
  • Use smaller, sweeter strawberries
  • Gently fold in the berries
  • Enjoy toasted with cream cheese!

Remnants of a piece of strawberry bread on a white surface

Strawberries and cream cheese are paired together so often for a reason: their flavors mesh perfectly! Just try Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff or Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart if you don’t believe me.

To get that same perfect combo of sweet and tangy in this Fresh Strawberry Bread recipe, I like to use a combination of butter and cream cheese. I also use buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute) for the liquid in the recipe.

When shopping for strawberries for this bread, look for smaller berries if you can. These smaller strawberries are usually sweeter and more flavorful than super large strawberries. They’ll make your bread even better!

Overhead view of sliced fresh strawberry bread

When it comes time to add the strawberries to the batter, set aside your electric mixer and reach for a spatula to gently fold them in by hand. This will keep them from turning to mush; we want to see chunks of strawberries in the baked bread!

Feel free to enjoy Fresh Strawberry Bread in any way you like, but I recommend one way in particular:

Lightly toasted and smeared with whipped cream cheese.

Trust me, it’s summery heaven in a single bite!

Sliced fresh strawberry bread on a white surface

Slices of freshly baked strawberry bread

Fresh Strawberry Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Use the last of the sweet summer berries to make Fresh Strawberry Bread. This moist, flavorful bread is a dream for breakfast when lightly toasted and smeared with a bit of cream cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed, dried and chopped

Instructions

  1. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. With electric mixer cream butter, sugar and cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Blend flour mixture with butter mixture just until blended. Add buttermilk and only stir until just combined; do not over mix.
  4. Carefully fold in strawberries. Dough mixture will be thick.
  5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 266Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 61mgSodium 344mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 1gSugar 19gProtein 4g

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Mary Lynn

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Strawberry season is over in Florida, but it is blueberry season. The California berries that we get are hard! Have you ever tried blueberries?

Jamie

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Kylie

Sunday 18th of August 2019

What flour is used in this recipe please? I would like to make it, sounds delicious! 

Jamie

Sunday 18th of August 2019

Hello! You will want to use all purpose flour in this recipe. Hope this helps! Happy baking. Jamie

zeny

Friday 2nd of August 2019

can i use apple as well?

Jamie

Saturday 3rd of August 2019

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with apples instead, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how it turned out. I also have an apple bread recipe you might like:https://www.mybakingaddiction.com/apple-pie-bread/ Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Aiza

Thursday 1st of August 2019

This look very delicious. But we dont usually have buttermilk, what is the good alternative for the buttermilk? Is it the same measurement? Thanks in advance for the response.

Jamie

Saturday 3rd of August 2019

Hello! You can easily use my buttermilk substitute instead: https://www.mybakingaddiction.com/buttermilk-substitute/ Hope this helps! Happy baking. Jamie

Nancy Miller

Thursday 1st of August 2019

Sounds luscious!  Could this recipe be adapted for scones?

Jamie

Saturday 3rd of August 2019

Hello! I haven't attempted making this recipe into scones, so I am not sure of the best method or result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how they turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

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