Farewell to Summer – Sweet Sunshine Strawberry Orange Bread

22 Sep

It’s the last day of summer and what better send-off than this delicious loaf?

I had a bunch of fresh strawberries to use up and an urge to bake something, so this is what I came up with. The syrup topping is optional and special 🙂

Time: 1 hour+           Serves: 8


  • Bread

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted & cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • Basil Orange Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup basil, chopped

How to make it

  • Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in orange zest and vanilla. Put milk and OJ in a measuring cup together. Next, intermittently add flour mixture and milk/OJ mixture – starting & ending with flour. Bake in oven for about an hour or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Basil Orange Syrup

  • Allow bread to cool completely. Combine sugar, water, and OJ in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, mix well and take off heat. Allow to cool and add basil. Drizzle over each piece of bread or poke wholes in whole loaf with a fork and top with sauce.

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