Sunday, March 1, 2009

It will soon be strawberry season.......So get prepared with some YUMMY strawberry recipes!

How about a dessert and a breakfast all in one. Ready?? Here ya go..

Strawberry Bread

2 cups fresh strawberries
3 Tablespoons sugar
3 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans (optional)

And here we go, time to make the cake!
Slice the strawberries, and place in medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle with sugar, stir gently and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.

Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in large bowl: mix well. Grab the strawberries you sat aside..and mix in the oil and eggs. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until just moistened. Fold in pecans. Divide batter into pans.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or untill knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool in pans for about 10 minutes. Turn loaves out, and cool completely.

Now, see if you can keep your hands off it?? LOL
Ohh, this is best served with coffee! (First thing in the morning!) :)

Ready for another one??
I came up with this one a few years back, hubby now begs for it weekly!
Ok, now this one can be used with blueberries or strawberries, so you'll see this recipe repeated in the heat of summer. It's just as good with both! Let's go to the kitchen!

Sage's Cream Cheese Delight
Here's what you'll need

1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 pkg instant white chocolate or vanilla pudding (You can use sugar free if you want)
Milk for the pudding
Fresh Fruit, your choice. About a cup, maybe less. You'll also need a few pieces of fruit not mixed in for decoration, so set aside about 1/4 C. (or enough to put two or three pieces on the top of each glass)
1 container of whipped cream (the spoonable type, not the squeeze type)
Sugar or a sugar substitute. About 1/2 C or more or 4 or more packets of sugar substitute.
Wine glasses (2-4 glasses depending on size, or you can use parfait glasses if you have them)

Ready? Here we go. Mix up the cream cheese and your choice of sugar, to taste. For real sugar, start with 1/4 C and add till you get the taste/sweetness you like. For sweetener, about 4-6 pkgs. You wont need it super sweet. Once it's all mixed and creamy, add your fruit and fold it in. Don't stir to much, just get it mixed well. Now add 1 Cup of whipped cream, stir gently till mixed. Set this aside.
Get your assembly line ready. Set up your wine glasses, fruit/cream cheese mixture and whipped cream.
Now make the pudding. Let's create!
Take the first glass and begin the assembly layering. Use a big spoonful of each: the creamcheese fruit mixture, then pudding mix, then whipped cream and repeated till the glass is almost full. Top it with whipped cream and add a few of the pieces of fresh fruit that you set aside. (you can even add a mint leave for a real visual treat!)
Repeat this process with each glass. Chill for about an hour. Just till everything gets good and 'set' again. There you go! Looks real fancy, but couldn't be easier!!
It's a really pretty dessert. You're family will think it's a special day or something!

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