Strawberry banana bread is fresh and perfectly moist. Best of all, this recipe is quick and easy, even for baking beginners. Discover how to make this delicious fruit banana bread with our simple recipe.
This twist on classic banana bread adds a shot of flavor with dried strawberries.
To make strawberry banana bread, you will need the following ingredients.
For this recipe, you will need half a cup of butter. First, make sure the butter is softened sufficiently. This way, it blends better with the rest of the ingredients. To soften it, you can either leave it out at room temperature or put it in the microwave, amongst other methods.
You will need 1 cup of granulated sugar. Sugar is pivotal in most baking recipes, and this is no different. The granulated sugar adds sweetness to the recipe. If you prefer to use brown gar, you may do so, using a ratio of 1 to 1. However, using brown sugar may alter the color of the bread slightly. The advantage of using brown sugar is that it helps make the bread softer and also chewier. Therefore, it works better in bread than it does in cakes.
Use two large eggs. The eggs used in this recipe will need to be beaten.
You will need three bananas. Ensure they are ripe and soft enough to be mashed so that the banana doesn’t cause any lumps. You will want to mash and puree the banana, so don’t blend it.
You will need two cups of flour. This may seem like an obvious ingredient, but still, it must be mentioned. This is how you get the structure for the bread.
Use one teaspoon of baking soda. Baking soda comes in handy as a raising agent.
A pinch of Salt
Not much salt is needed, just enough to balance the recipe. A pinch will do the trick or about half a teaspoon.
Fresh strawberries work best for this recipe. Frozen ones tend to lose their original taste and texture. But if you only have frozen ones, then make sure to thaw them out properly. Use one and a half cups of chopped strawberries. You should chop them to be big enough to make a difference when included in the bread. But also not too finely that they puree. You will also toss the strawberries in 1 teaspoon of flour.
Time & temperatures
The total preparation shouldn’t take you more than 15minutes, while cooking time should be about 45minutes. This brings the total time spent making it to about 45minutes. First, the oven will need to be preheated to 375˚F. Then, as you cook the bread, you will have to reduce the temperature down to 350˚F. After this amount of time, you can then check in on it to see if it is cooked or not. The toothpick test works well. Place a toothpick in the middle of the bread, right down to the bottom, and pull it out. If the bread is done, the toothpick should be clean.
There are a couple of valuable tips necessary when making banana and strawberry bread. First, make sure to use room-temperature ingredients to make the loaf. Also, make sure that you use beaten eggs and add them one at a time. This helps make sure the egg is absorbed correctly by all the ingredients. Finally, make sure to stop the mixing machine once you have added all the eggs.
Use dried strawberries for the batter. Wet strawberries will release water as they bake, leaving you with soggy banana bread. Using dried fruit will save the bursts of flavor for when you bite into it.
Make sure that you chop the strawberries coarsely into small pieces. This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the batter as it cooks.
It’s important to try not to over mix the batter. This will lead to more gluten developing in the bread. Also, if you overmix the batter, you wind up with a rubbery loaf. Try to keep the mixing to a minimum, just until the batter reaches the right moisture level.
To avoid the bread from burning its crust off before the inside of the loaf is cooked, you can cover it with a sheet of aluminum foil. This technique is also known as tenting. Another great tip that you can employ is to substitute the strawberries with other berries that will work in just the same manner. You can easily swap blueberries, mixed berries, and also raspberries. Depending on the eventual color that you are looking for.
To store it effectively, wait for the bread to cool down. Then store it in an airtight container. When stored this way, it can be kept fresh for about four days. If you want to store it for longer, you can put it in the freezer. For this, you will need to make sure that you tightly wrap the bread up; cling wrap works well. Make sure that you keep air and moisture out. Then place the wrapped packages in an airtight Ziploc bag.
How to make strawberry banana bread
The first step to making your banana strawberry cake/bread is to prepare the oven. Do this by preheating it at 375˚F. Next, prepare your baking tin for the batter, like the one in preheating. Your loaf should be enough for about 12 slices for the quantities we use here and will cook better in a nine-by-five tin.
To make sure the batter doesn’t stick to the tin, spray it with cooking spray or oil every corner and dust with flour, making sure all the excess flour is removed. Then in a separate bowl, combine the sugar and butter and cream the two until the mixture is light in texture. Next, get another bowl, beat up one egg, then beat up the 2nd egg in another bowl. Finally, add the eggs to the mixture, one at a time, making sure they are evenly distributed through the mixture.
In another separate bowl, mash the ripe bananas. A fork should give you the results that you need. Then sift the dry ingredients separately. You can then add the flour and dry ingredients mixture to the mashed banana mixture when this is done.
Take your room temperature strawberries and toss them in a bowl with flour to cover them. Then toss these flour-covered strawberries into the mashed bananas and flour. The strawberries will have to be folded in. When you are satisfied that all the ingredients have been properly mixed in, you can pour the batter into your tin, all prepped and primed for the big bake. Then bake at a temperature of 375˚F for about 15minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 350˚F. At this temperature, you can bake for a further 30 minutes.
Check after about 45minutes of total cooking time. Once done, you can let it cool on a counter before serving it the way you prefer.