Whole Wheat Strawberry Bread - Guiltless pleasure
It's strawberry galore time ! Time when we are flooded with fresh strawberries which are just begging us to try them out . Every year I tried to do full justice to their awesomeness , after all we have to thank them for being the nutrition powerhouse that they are. I really feel that organic strawberries are under appreciated ..I really do ! At just 50 calories for a cupful of them , we get more than our daily share of Vitamin C from them. Organic strawberries are well known for their cancer fighting abilities due to their phyto nutrient content.
With all this talk about nutrition, it should come as no surprise that I wanted to bake them in a healthy way. And what is more healthy than home baked 100 % whole wheat bread laden with strawberries, right ? This is the kind of bread you can eat without feeling guilty about ., provided you do so in moderation . The original recipe comes from here but as usual I have taken the liberty of adapting it . For this particular recipe , I have reduced the sugar to just 1/2 cup ..relying more on the natural sweetness of the strawberries rather than cloying it by the addition of more sugar.
2 cups fresh strawberries , sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs room temperature
1/2 cup chopped pistachios ( optional or replace with nuts of your choice )
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a loaf pan.
In a separate bowl. sieve the whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and add the brown sugar .
Mix them all together and make a well in the middle. Now beat the eggs lightly.
Into the well , add the beaten eggs , oil, chopped pistachios ( or any nuts of your choosing ) and sliced strawberries and mix them till well combined with the help of a spatula. Take care as to not overmix.
Pour the prepared batter in the loaf pan and bake in the oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean . Notice how I have used parchment paper to line the pan so that the bread comes out easily.
Cool on a wire rack and enjoy with your favorite beverage !