Long Runs and Strawberry Tea Bread

by Joanne on June 14, 2010

Monday morning comes and the lyrics by Wilson Phillips go through my head

…..Monday, Monday

can’t trust that day

Monday, Monday

Sometimes it just turns out that way…

That song is a little tough to figure out but it was playing in my head as I lay in bed.  I got up with the alarm and was going to do a long run today.  My back was in spasms so I decided to go back to bed.  “Monday, Monday” kept repeating.  I didn’t get back to sleep.  I hear “I thought you were going to do your long run?”  What was Ted doing talking to me before 5 AM in the morning?  Couldn’t he see I was pretending to be asleep?   I answered simply  “I decided not to”. 

At 4:50, I gave up and got up.  Shane and I ran outside for 8 miles.  It was 65 degrees.  The back spasms stopped as soon as I got into my run. That’s typical. Too much time spent in the kitchen always seems to result in a sore back.   Since I was immediately setting out for my run, I needed quick carbs and decided on pure fruit gel. 

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100% natural: Apple, banana, concentrated apple juice, and lemon juice.  It tastes like a squirt of apple sauce to be honest. Quite fresh tasting and goes down easy.  50 calories, 13 g carbs, 12 g sugars.   These might be good to add to shake for flavor!

It was nice outside.  I couldn’t bring myself to listen to the news only to hear more coverage about the oil spill and all the damage it’s causing.  The lives of people and the destruction of wildlife.  It’s all just so heart wrenching.   Instead, the outside air and sounds of nature   in the morning, loud against the background of human silence, is one sure way to awaken the senses and make you grateful the day is new and filled with all sorts of opportunity  .  Even though that day is MONDAY! 

It’s strawberry season in New York.  Pick your own berries.  The farms are advertising like crazy.

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In the grocery store, berries are available from local farms so if you don’t have time to take a ride and pick your own, simply look for your favorite source at the grocery store.   Tassleberry Farm berries are available at Hannaford’s.

I had some extra berries and decided to make a strawberry bread.  I call this Tea Bread.

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 Strawberry Tea Bread

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups + 1 TBS flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup sour cream, reduced fat or fat free
  • powdered sugar (optional)
  • whip cream and strawberry preserves (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Spray a 9 x 9 square pan with non-stick flour baking spray.

Toss the sliced strawberries with the 1 TBS of flour and set aside.

Mix together the 2 cups flour, baking powder, salt and ginger and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar.  Add the eggs and the almond extract and the sour cream and mix well.

Blend JUST UNTIL MIXED, the flour and butter mixtures.  Stir in carefully the strawberries.

Turn into  the prepared pan and bake 30 – 35 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Serve topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar

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Don’t forget your strawberry…

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Or whip up a quick batch of whipped cream with heavy cream and a little powdered sugar – whip until peaks hold form

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Serve with whipped cream and a heap of strawberry preserves, like a a scone!

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Super easy. Super good.

What other flavor, other than ginger, might pair really well with strawberries?

Joanne

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16 Comments

  • At 2010.06.14 09:35, Dawn Hutchins said:

    My daughter loves those goo things!
    Your strawberry bread looks amazing.

    • At 2010.06.14 11:37, Joanne said:

      Thanks, Dawn.

      • At 2010.06.14 10:37, Monet said:

        Oh I love seeing strawberries! Your cake looks so light and scrumptious. I just bought 2 pounds of berries so I may be giving this a try. Thank you for sharing!

        • At 2010.06.14 11:38, Joanne said:

          We usually pick about 5 lbs but doubt whether we’ll have the time this year.

          • At 2010.06.14 11:34, claudia said:

            this is lovely can’t wait to try it I have lots of fresh strawberries in the fridge looks awesome~

            • At 2010.06.14 11:38, Joanne said:

              Thanks. Love the look of that Nutella crepe

              • At 2010.06.14 12:16, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

                monday monday for sure……don’t you hate when the hubby reminds you to do your workout-grrrr. love your tea cake looks divine and good for you for getting out and doing 8 miles!

                • At 2010.06.14 15:45, Joanne said:

                  Thanks Kalli.

                  • At 2010.06.14 14:28, Nancy Jean said:

                    Ohmigod, that looks yummy!! And kudos to you for taking Shane & doing 8 miles … I’m trying to listen less to the lil devil on my shoulder lulling me back to sleep in the mornings – – I need more energy and my dog and I both need to shed some weight!

                    Tomorrow morning i shall instead strive to hear your voice inside my head saying, over & over, “C’mon Nancy, you can do it. You’ll feel so much better for it.”

                    Thanks for being an inspiration!

                    • At 2010.06.14 15:45, Joanne said:

                      I’ll call you before the sun comes up. 🙂

                      • At 2010.06.14 16:30, Bela said:

                        That strawberry bread looks DELICIOUS! I can not wait for next week to go pick some strawberries at the local farm with my daughter. They are so tasty right from the farm…yum!

                        • At 2010.06.14 17:04, Peggy said:

                          I want a slice . . . NOW!!! 🙂

                          • At 2010.06.14 17:46, Joanne said:

                            I’d send it but I found out the postal service doesn’t treat desserts very well.

                            • At 2010.06.14 19:43, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

                              Oh yum! I adore anything strawberry! I bet rhubarb would be good with this as well. Or even chocolate chips (did I just write that??).

                              • At 2010.06.14 23:13, runnerforever said:

                                Ohhhh my, that bread looks so fluffy and sweet, yyuuuum!!! I love white chocolate with strawberries.

                                • At 2010.06.16 03:09, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                                  Delicious looking bread 🙂

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