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Fresh Strawberry Bread

Slices of freshly baked strawberry bread

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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


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


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.


  • 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


  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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