How blessed I am – I had an amazing mother – here she is with my dad just before he passed away from a massive heart attack – I was 18, he was 56 and my mother was 46. So long ago….My grandmothers were pretty special too – both immigrants – one from London and one from Lithuania; I am enormously blessed to have a daughter in law who is a great mother too as is her mom and sister, and as are all my nieces and their moms, as well as my sister in law who is mom to our nephews, my own sister and her daughter and daughter in law – it is truly remarkable how amazingly fortunate we all are!
This is the best thing I love to do – hang out with the grandkids! And cooking with them is what we did – to make a strawberry bread for their Mom as our gift for Mothers Day! Jack and Jonah are getting really good at cracking eggs, cutting things ( not their fingers) and generally are mini chefs in training! Here is the recipe.
- 2 cups of fresh sliced strawberries
- 3 1/8 cups of All purpose Flour
- 2 cups of white sugar
- 1 Tbsp of Ground Cinnamon
- I tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups of vegetable oil
- 4 eggs beaten
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour two loaf pans
2. Sprinkle 3 TBSP of sugar over the strawberries, mix and set aside
3. Mix dry ingredients and set aside
4. Mix oil and eggs together and add to the strawberries
5. Add the dry ingredients to the strawberry mixture and stir until moistened only.
6. Add to the pans and bake for 45-55 minutes until light brown on top and a toothpick comes out dry if tested in the middle of the loaf. Let cool for 10 minutes and turn onto cake plate.
A couple issues that I had with this:
- The cake would not come out without some help from a spatula – and running the knife around the sides as the sugar caramelizes and sticks to the pan.
- I had to bake for 10 minutes longer
- The cake was not sweet enough for my grandson Jonah – but my daughter in law loved it! And only one of the twins ( Noah) could have eaten the whole thing – Gabriel – not so much.
- I would frost it with cream cheese frosting next time. Did not have any – and ran out of grandkid-time and patience – but that would add the difference I believe.
- This recipe was adapted from an All Recipes posting – but I left out the pecans ( don’t like nuts in my cakes) and recommend the changes above.