To do a fair taste test I thought I should make a non gluten-free banana bread. As I gathered the ingredients, I realized I was fresh out of old bananas.
As I counted to 10 in my head, I remembered a quote from Darwin I often use in my leadership classes “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
I am definitely not the strongest or smartest in the kitchen, so I guess it’s time to adapt. And since I have some lovely ripe strawberries in the fridge, and lemon that has to be used soon, I had a little Iron Chef moment and got inspired to summer-ize my bread. It may not be an even fight, but my taste buds are #winning here with two yummy treats.
Strawberry Lemon Quick Bread
- 1 1/ 2 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1/2 cups and 1 tablespoon cake flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tsp vanilla
- zest of 3/4 of a large lemon (reserve remaining 1/4 zest for drizzle)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pans and line with parchment paper for easy removal.
- Slice strawberries and place in medium-sized bowl. Smash in 1/4 cup sugar, and set aside while preparing batter.
- Combine flours, sugar, cinnamon, , salt and baking soda in large bowl; mix well.
- Blend applesauce, oil, vanilla, lemon zest and eggs into strawberries.
- Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened.
- Pour batter into pan.
- Bake in preheated oven until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. All ovens are different, so start checking at 45 minutes.
- Let cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes.
- Turn loaves out of pans, and allow to cool completely before drizzling with icing (1/3 cup powdered sugar, enough lemon juice to make a thick drizzle, remaining 1/4 of lemon zest, stir until well combined)