I returned from the Texas Hill Country in a cooking and gift giving state of mind.  So, last Saturday, I arose early to begin baking my Strawberry Nut Bread!  I have told you about it before, but I do not think I told you how well it freezes.  You can make a load of loaves, freeze them and then grab as needed throughout the holidays…for your hair dresser, nail technician, teachers…etc.  In fact, last year, I took one to our dry cleaners and they were so happy!  If you need a special gift, just deliver a loaf made in a cute loaf pan, wrapped with a big bow and a recipe card.  You will be loved by all in your gift giving path.  I put some fun loaf pans in the slide show below just in case you like the idea!

I always start by roasting the walnuts…they taste so much better when you do…and if you like to snack while baking…walnuts are healthy!



1 Cup Butter

1 ½ cups of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon lemon extract

4 eggs

3 cups all- purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 cup strawberry jam

½ cup dairy sour cream

1 cup broken walnuts (best of you roast them first)

In bowl, cream softened butter, sugar, vanilla, lemon extract until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time….beating well, after each addition.  Stir (or sift) together flour, salt, cream of tartar, and soda and set aside.  Whisk together jam and sour cream and set aside.  Then add the jam mixture and dry ingredients alternately with the creamed butter mixture until well combined.  Stir in the nuts and divide evenly into 3 loaf pans.  Bake at 350 for 60 minutes.

Note:  Taste amazing with strawberry cream cheese!

So I started freezing some gift loaves, and then went on to make chicken pies…what bit me?  Not sure but it was fun!

Does anyone else have cooking binges that you freeze for the holidays?  What are some of your favorite recipes?  Please share and while you are planning and cooking……………


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