4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder (if you are baking at over 5,000 feet reduce this by half)
2 teaspoons baking soda (if you are baking at over 5,000 feet, reduce this by half)
3 tablespoons of butter at room temperature
4 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
4 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
Baking pans - 2 8" x 4" loaf pans, greased with butter
Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 350 degrees.
Wash and stem the strawberries. Cut them into quarters and place in a large bowl. I like to use a potato masher to mash these but anything that will crush them into small pieces will work just fine. Set this aside.
In your large mixing bowl or the work bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the butter and eggs. Beat in the brown sugar.
In another bowl (yeah I know, lots of bowls in this recipe, it is what it is), combine the flour, backing powder and baking soda.
Add the flour mixture to the butter and brown sugar mixture and stir until combined. It is going to be rather dry and grainy, don't worry, when you add the mashed strawberries and their juice it will be a nice batter.
Add the strawberries and stir for one minute, just until everything is a uniform texture (except the strawberries, of course!).
Spoon into your prepared loaf pans. Slide the pans into the hot oven and bake for 50 minutes. Test for doneness by sliding a toothpick into the center of the loaves. It should come out clean but slightly damp.
If the loaves aren't done, return to the oven for up to 10 minutes.
Remove the pans from the oven and let them stand on a wire cooling rack for 5 minutes before turning the done loaves out, to finish cooling. Be careful with the warm loaves, this is a very tender bread and can break if you don't handle them gently.
Allow the bread to cool completely before cutting.
So there you have it Bread Heads, a simple, quick and delicious way to use your strawberries this summer. Be sure to serve the bread with a little bit of cream cheese for a real special treat!
The flour is yours!