Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Strawberry Bread and a Mess...
Have you ever woken up and heard a simple word and it just set you off in the wrong direction?  Well, that happened to me today.  I knew from the second I heard it that I would be battling my brain all day.  I try not to let things get to me, but sometimes it is really hard to just move past things.  I decided to shift my brain in a different direction.
My mom asked me if I could come up with a gluten free strawberry bread recipe for her.  Since I am always the one thinking of recipes to try, it was nice to have someone ask me for something specific.  Well, this is where things continue down hill.  I had all of my notes together and I had a plan.  I pureed my strawberries and I was on my way.  I was excited!  Well, apparently I was also clumsy!  In the middle of layering my batter and strawberries, my arm knocked the strawberry puree  all over the kitchen floor and my shoes.  I don't know if you know this, but strawberry puree does not clean up easily.  I would go into more detail, but I think your imagination can figure this out.  It was all over the cabinets too!  FUN!  So, I finished cleaning up and assembling the bread, working with what I had and trying to move on.  It looked pretty and I was excited to see how it turned out.  I put it in an 8 inch bread pan because I wanted it to bake up.  Got it all in the oven with the timer set...about 15 minutes later...the most amazing summery smell was coming upstairs.  Sweet strawberry was wafting through the house.  Oh get this...now, there is a burning smell coming through the house.  CRAP!  That crazy thing is burning!!!
Oh, no, not the whole thing...just the part that is coming over the side!!!  UGH!  Ok, I got that cleaned up.  Now, I just get to smell what I can't get off the oven for the next few hours because the air conditioner is still broken and there is no air circulating through the upstairs.  So, with the windows now open and the bread out.  It looks good.
Ok, I have saved it.  I hope.  The illustrator tastes it...he spits it in the sink.  Now, don't place judgement on him for this, there have been many gluten free breads that I have spit out.  So, I taste it...cause I am a stupid and if you spit it out...I need to try it.  Well, I think it's good.  Come to find out...the illustrator is not a fan of cooked strawberries.  After 16 years, you would think I would know this.  So, I have a loaf of strawberry bread all for me.
The bread reminds me of the cobbler.  The bottom is a little stickier than I would like.  But I think I am on to something.  I just pawned a piece off on my third child (the neighbor that practically lives with us) and he loves it.  (I now like the neighbor more than my kids...sorry boys)  Ok, so I am not crazy.  Well, not for liking the bread anyway.  This stuff is good.  It has a crispy crust and a soft inside with a little bit of gooeyness (kind of like preserves built in) on the bottom.  It would be really nice with a scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of peanut butter sauce.
I think I will work on this one just a little bit.  It is not quite where I want it to be, but it is heading in the right direction.  Honestly, for being gluten free, dairy free, egg free and fat free...this stuff is amazing!  You will see it again...even better!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:44 PM  
20 Comments:
  • At April 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM, Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said…

    That bread looks delish! It looks so moist and yummy. I have had my fair share of baking mishaps!

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Jess, I know you understand the husband and flavor preferences! Thank you.

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 8:03 PM, OpenID healthyexposures said…

    This looks fabb - great idea to bake in an effort to get your mind onto other things ;) Too funny about your husband, though - he doesn't know what he's missing, I'd say. It sounds amazing!! Can't wait for the recipe :)
    Hope your night is going better for you.
    (also - tried commenting yesterday but it wouldn't let me. pretttyyyy keurigg!! :P )

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 8:03 PM, Anonymous Peace Love Nutrition said…

    That bread looks delicious. So fresh and moist. I want some : )

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 8:04 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    That looks fabulous!! I'm a huge fan of cooked strawberries so I would be in heaven with this. Yum, yum, YUMMMMM!!! Oh and I am the queen of baking spillages!! ;)

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 8:05 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    I LOVE strawberry bread!! I've never made it though! Your post has inspired me :)

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 8:31 PM, Anonymous Camille said…

    That bread looks awesome!
    Strawberries+Bread=A Match Made In Heaven!

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Awww! Well, despite all the trouble it gave you, this bread look awesome!

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 9:18 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    im totally clumsy too, don't feel bad. your brad turned out awesome anyway!!

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 11:10 PM, Blogger Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said…

    great job on the eats. and bout the word setting you offf....

    it’s a full moon. the universe is full of prana (excess energy) and turbulent interpersonal and emotional instability is incredibly common.

    that’s your yoga teacher talking :)

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 11:24 PM, Anonymous Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said…

    That bread sounds so good! Wow!

     
  • At April 27, 2010 at 11:47 PM, Blogger Stacey said…

    It looks and sounds good to me.

     
  • At April 28, 2010 at 7:57 AM, Blogger Gluten Free Sourdough Baker said…

    HI Sarena,
    I have developed gluten free sourdough recipes around my own food allergies. I have combined old fashioned sourdough techniques with gluten free seed and grain flours and have come up with excellent, delicious breads, muffins and pancakes.

    They are also free of dairy, eggs, soy, yeast, sweeteners, gums and baking powder. Very suitable for sensitive digestions.

    I have posted a Free Download of the Gluten Free Starter Recipe plus pancake recipe:
    http://www.sanctuary-healing.com/food-recipes.html

    This type of baking takes some time to understand and master so it may not be for everyone. I think if you spend some time working with it you would be able to use it to make successful fruit breads. (I also offer custom recipes and baking advice) My breads have fabulous texture and long shelf life! It's the sourdough process that preserves the shelf life.

    My complete, and continually growing recipe book, Art of Gluten Free Sourdough Baking, is available in pdf and print form on my website, www.food-medicine.com
    Good Luck and Eat Well!

    sharon a. kane
    glutenfreesourdough.blogspot.com

     
  • At April 28, 2010 at 12:05 PM, Blogger Adrien said…

    That looked like such a mess! I'm happy you dabbled with the recipe and the clean up instead of me (haha)- I bet it would be delicious with blueberries too, or rhubarb for that matter- keep working on it!

     
  • At April 28, 2010 at 1:39 PM, Anonymous Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said…

    Sarena...your food always looks amazing! I swear you make gluten-free look AMAZING! I love it!

     
  • At April 28, 2010 at 3:36 PM, Anonymous Maris (In Good Taste) said…

    Funny, I made strawberry muffins recently and they were also a mess! Delicious...but a mess!

     
  • At April 28, 2010 at 6:11 PM, Blogger Lele said…

    Bread that tastes like cobbler sounds AMAZING.
    I'm thinking I'll make this recipe and possibly throw in some rhubarb?

     
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