Valentine’s Day Strawberry Pecan Bread

A purée of fresh strawberries are mixed into the batter, for a lightly sweetened flavor, that is wildly delicious.  A Valentine’s Day Strawberry recipe that is every bit as special as it should be!

Each piece is decadently moist, with a fluffy, nook and cranny texture.  The top is perfectly crisped, and filled with a pleasingly nutty pecan crunch.  It is a true holiday treat, worthy of sharing. And you’ll never believe it, but there is NOT a single drop of butter in this recipe!  For real.

Valentine’sDay Strawberry
I’ve been toying with muffin recipes for about 5 years now, always changing and tweaking a little something.  Sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s worse, and occasionally I change it completely, and turn the recipe into a bread!  But after this time around, I don’t think I’ll be tweaking the recipe any longer.  The Valentine’s Day Strawberry Bread recipe is done.

Fresh Valentine’sDay Strawberry

This last change in the recipe was the addition of puréed strawberries, and the result was a perfect light and sumptuous bread. However that is not necessarily the secret to this recipe’s success.

The secret to the light and decadent texture in this Valentine’s Day Strawberry Bread, is actually NOT the puréed fruit.

There are two things that will highly assist a muffin, or bread recipe, in achieving that perfect light and airy texture.

1. Do NOT over mix the batter.  In fact, under mix.  Even allowing a few bits of flour to show through the batter is completely ok.

2. Allow for a brief “rest and bloom” period.  Let the batter sit for about 5 minuets or so before baking, and you will notice it will start to fluff up and bloom.

Spoon out 1 cup of batter and mix with a little extra sugar, flour and pecans to create the pecan crunch topping.

Valentine’sDay Strawberry Bread pecan topping

Valentine’s Day Strawberry Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 c coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
    For a crispy top
  • 1 cup of the batter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Grease bread pan
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and set aside
  3. Purée the strawberries
  4. In a medium bowl, lightly whisk the eggs
  5. Mix in the strawberries, sugars, coconut oil, and vanilla
  6. Mix in the flour mixture until just barely incorporated
  7. Scoop out 1 cup of the batter into a separate bowl, and add the ingredients for the crispy top
  8. Pour the rest of the batter into the prepared bread pan
  9. Preheat the oven to 375 F and allow batters to rest for 5 min
  10. Spread crispy top batter on top
  11. Bake 40 minutes, or until tooth pick test comes out clean

Valentine’sDay Strawberry Bread topped with strawberries

I bet this recipe would work with other puréed fruits.  Maybe peaches, or plumbs, raspberries, apple, or banana?  If you try another fruit let me know!

Update: With a few slight tweaks, Pineapple and zucchini work as great substitutes to strawberries in this recipe!

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