Monday, May 23, 2011

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bread


I've loved strawberries ever since I was a kid. Strawberries with a sprinkle of sugar or strawberries with cream and sugar, there was just nothing like it. But, strangely enough, I had never heard of chocolate covered strawberries. Then, one day, we went to a bakery and there they were, these bright red strawberries dressed in little dark and white chocolate tuxedos. We picked up a few to try and brought them home. I stared at them eagerly before finally taking a bite. And . . . I didn't like it. The combo just seemed a little odd to me.

Fast forward to the present and my tastes in food have clearly changed because I now love the combination of chocolate and strawberry. How two contrasting flavors can meld together so well is beyond me. That's why I knew I'd love this Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bread as soon as I saw it on Sweet Pea's Kitchen.


The bread was exactly as I imagined it would be. It was popping with flavor and every bite tasted just like sweet chocolate covered strawberries. It's definitely best when eaten straight from the oven and the chocolate chips are still gooey and melty and the pieces of strawberry are warm and juicy. Oohhh, it's a bread that will leave you begging for more.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bread (from Sweet Pea's Kitchen)

2 c. fresh strawberries
3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. vegetable oiil
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan or three mini loaf pans.

Puree 1 cup of strawberries in a blender. Transfer to a medium bowl. Dice remaining 1 cup of strawberries and place in the bowl with the puree. Sprinkle with 3/4 c. sugar and set aside.

Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add oil, eggs, and vanilla to the strawberry mixture and stir to combine. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into loaf pan(s) and smooth surface with a rubber spatula.

Bake until top is golden and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 45-50 min. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 min. Turn out onto the wire rack and cool complete.

Notes:
1. I made half a batch and got 1 mini loaf and 8 mini muffins.
2. I tossed the chocolate chips with a little flour before adding them so they wouldn't sink.

This recipe is linked to:
Tuesday Night Supper Club
My Meatless Monday
Just Another Meatless Monday
Tasty Tuesday
A Little Birdie Told Me
These Chicks Cooked
Recipes I Can't Wait to Try
Made it on Monday
Full Plate Thursday
Whisking Wednesday
Sweet Tooth Friday
Friday's Potluck
Fit and Fabulous Fridays
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Themed Bakers' Sunday

29 comments:

  1. I'll definitely have to try this Lisa! Sounds great! I made some strawberry lemonade scones tonight:)

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  2. I love strawberries too! I'm on a huge strawberry baking kick, thanks so much for sharing this. I definitely want to try it!

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  3. I love combining fruit and chocolate and this pairing looks yummy! What a perfect morning or afternoon with tea treat. XOXO

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  4. Itty bitty would love these. He is a big strawberry and chocolate fan. This looks like a delicious breakfast treat. Yummy!

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  5. It is funny how tastebuds change. I definitely love chocolate and strawberry together. These muffins sound so good that I think I'll have to make them soon. Thanks for the recipe, Lisa.

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  6. Ooooh, this is definitely on teh agenda for later today.

    And thanks for the tip on how to keep the chocolate chips from sinking.

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  7. looks lovely, as per usual. loves it, thanks for the post!
    -meg
    @http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow! This looks so yummy! The chunky strawberries and the choc chips makes it so delicious looking, imagine biting into the strawberries! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! Have a nice day, Lisa!

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  9. I might make these into muffins next week. Yum!

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  10. What a great way to get the chocolate covered strawberr combination. Thanks for posting this one.

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  11. Strawberry and chocolate is a magnificent combination. This looks incredible!

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  12. Oh, this one is just so meltingly moist, I can feel it melting in my mouth. I have never heard of this bread but it sounds fantastic.

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  13. ooh! what a great idea. strawberry bread sounds too good! i bet they get super sweet in the oven, too!

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  14. I don't like chocolate-covered strawberries because they get wet in between the fruit and the chocolate and that grosses me out. But this bread sounds great!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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  15. looks gorgeous..
    chanced upon your space while blog hopping...love your space...very interesting posts with rich presentation..
    Am your proud follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite
    Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

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  16. These look divine (I love Fancy Nancy books)!
    So many yummy flavors.

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  17. Ummm. This looks and sounds delicious. I will be making this one. :))

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  18. Well, I do love chocolate-covered strawberries, so why not?? Plus, this bread is so beautiful!! :)

    Sues

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  19. Yum. Looks delish. This one is being saved, thanks!
    Aimee

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  20. nothing better than fresh strawberries! my brother's girlfriend just made a bunch of different types of strawberry bread: strawberry banana bread, strawberry zucchini bread and strawberry irish soda bread. i'm going to send her the link to this post so she can try this one too!

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  21. YUM! this looks so good! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  22. Lisa, this looks yummy!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. This looks and sounds delicious. I really want some right now!!

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  24. Lisa-Thanks so much for coming to share these. I am hoping to make some soon. They look so good. Hope you can come back by and share another recipe Wednesday. Enjoy your weekend :)
    Katie

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  25. Hi Lisa,
    This is a wonderful bread. It is so full of flavor and looks so moist. I really would love a slice with my coffee. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

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  26. Looks delicious like a chocolate covered strawberry! Yummy! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday! Kim

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  27. Mmmm....a sweet bread that tastes like chocolate dipped strawberries? Sign me up!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  28. Thank you for linking up to Whisking Wednesdays last week. I'd love it if you'd pop in and link up another recipe or two this week. Hope to see you there!

    http://pinchofthisthatandtheother.blogspot.com/2011/06/whisking-wednesdays-5.html

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