Have you been enjoying the summer strawberries? I find these beauties especially sweet and plump in the summer months, especially when picked right from the garden.
The other day, I was shooting a video for Strawberry Bread and it just happened that it made two beautiful loaves. We shared one loaf at the allrecipes.com studio, and I took the second one home to share with friends at a going away party. The recipe really rocked out – the bread came out moist, studded with pecans and strawberries. Notice the sliced strawberries on the top of the loaves? That was the extra flare I decided to add, mainly for food styling purposes. Try the same when baking banana bread as well.
The time of the party was approaching, and I wanted to elevate the bread by making a quick Strawberry Compound Butter. I’ll confess to having the leftover butter on a toasted baguette the following morning, and it was quite a success!
Strawberry Compound Butter
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup strawberries, pureed
1. Beat together butter, sugar and cinnamon.
2. Fold in strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to use. About 30 minutes before serving, remove the butter from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature.
Judging by the reaction of guests at the party, this combination was a success. Want a recipe variation? Bake up the bread as muffins, and adjust to butter to a more spreadable frosting consistency.
Enjoy this recipe and summer’s strawberries.