The Baker Upstairs

7.01.2020

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

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This tender and sweet strawberry cream cheese bread is so delicious, and so easy to make!
 
This tender and sweet strawberry cream cheese bread is so delicious, and so easy to make!

I hope you're not sick of strawberry recipes yet, because I still have some great ones coming your way!  This strawberry cream cheese bread is a classic recipe at my house, and one I love to make whenever we have fresh strawberries on hand. It's perfect for brunch or dessert, and has the best light and tender texture. It's another one of those simple recipes that's completely delicious and easy to make!  

This tender and sweet strawberry cream cheese bread is so delicious, and so easy to make!

This strawberry cream cheese bread can easily made in four mini loaf pans instead of a large loaf pan, or even made in a muffin tin instead for adorable individual servings. The baking time will change depending on the size of the mini loaf pans, but I would suggest starting with a time of 30 minutes, and checking about every five minutes after that to see if they're done. If you're making muffins, 18-20 minutes should do the trick (but again, test for doneness before pulling them out). 

This tender and sweet strawberry cream cheese bread is so delicious, and so easy to make!

This bread is perfectly sweetened, and the strawberries studded throughout are delicious little pockets of joy. The cream cheese makes the texture even more tender, almost like pound cake, and adds some richness to the batter as well. This is one of my favorite sweet breads!
Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then add the vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and mix just until combined. Add the buttermilk and stir gently until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Carefully fold in strawberries with a spatula, trying to break them up as little as possible (the batter will be thick). Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
This tender and sweet strawberry cream cheese bread is so delicious, and so easy to make!

 

6.29.2020

Strawberry Crumb Cake

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This strawberry crumb cake is so simple and delicious, and has the best sweet strawberry flavor!
 
This strawberry crumb cake is so simple and delicious, and has the best sweet strawberry flavor!

Hooray! I'm back with another delicious strawberry recipe to share with you today. (In case you missed my exciting news last week and why I've been MIA lately, you can check out that post here!) This strawberry crumb cake may be my favorite new dessert of the summer. It's simple to make, using mostly pantry staples, but fancy enough to serve for company (not that we have much of that these days). It's equal parts elegant and delicious, which is the best kind of dessert!

I've been making a slightly different version of this cake for years and years now, but it occurred me this time that the cake would be even more delicious if I added a layer of streusel on top. You really can't go wrong with streusel, right? It took what was already a fantastic cake, and made it even more decadent and over the top delicious! The cake itself is tender and not overly sweet, and the strawberry layer is so flavorful and sweet, and just a little tangy. The crumbly and buttery streusel on top is the perfect finishing touch! I usually bake the cake in a pie dish or regular cake pan, but because of the extra streusel layer, I've found that a springform pan works best to keep all of the deliciousness contained. 

This strawberry crumb cake is so simple and delicious, and has the best sweet strawberry flavor!

This cake actually keeps really well overnight with a loose layer of foil or plastic wrap on top, and makes for a totally delicious breakfast, if you are so inclined. :) If you want it to last for longer than overnight, I would suggest refrigerating it, or the strawberries can turn a little iffy. We will definitely be making this one on repeat all through the summer!
Strawberry Crumb Cake

for the cake:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound strawberries, sliced

for the streusel:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9 inch springform pan and set aside. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until just combined. Spread the cake batter in the prepared pan. Arrange the strawberries in a single layer on top of the cake batter (it's okay to overlap a little if you run out of room).

To make the topping, whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt with a fork. Cut in the butter using a fork or your fingers to form a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the cake. Bake the cake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325. Bake an additional 50-60 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
This strawberry crumb cake is so simple and delicious, and has the best sweet strawberry flavor!


 

6.25.2020

Strawberry Crumb Bars

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These delicious and easy to make strawberry crumb bars are the perfect summer dessert!

These delicious and easy to make strawberry crumb bars are the perfect summer dessert!

Hello friends! It has been so long since I posted here! I've gotten several emails and messages asking if everything is okay, and I'm sorry I've been terrible at returning them. The truth is, we found out in February that I'm expecting baby number three! We are so incredibly excited to add another little girl to our family at the end of October, but pregnancy is always really hard on me, and I've spent the last four months feeling absolutely miserable and sick. I've finally reached the five month mark in my pregnancy, and my symptoms have improved (although I'm still not feeling 100%). I'm hoping that means I can start posting regularly here again, now that I actually have the ability to cook (and enjoy) food again. :) It has definitely not been easy navigating this pregnancy and all of the medical care I've needed during the pandemic, especially with the kids home full time and my husband working as a front line healthcare worker, but I'm really proud of all of us for pushing through. We can do hard things!

Even though we've missed out on some of our favorite family traditions this spring and summer because of the pandemic, I was thrilled that we were still able to go strawberry picking at our favorite berry farm (Smith Berry Barn, for you Portland locals). Things looked a little different this year, with masks and frequent hand washing and no sampling allowed, but we still had a really great time, and ended up picking 13 pounds of strawberries in less than thirty minutes. And not just any old strawberries, but the sweetest and most beautiful strawberries I've ever seen. I've been baking and cooking like crazy, and I'm really excited to share with you all of the recipes I've made with them!

These delicious and easy to make strawberry crumb bars are the perfect summer dessert!

These strawberry crumb bars are an old favorite recipe that was definitely in need of some new pictures to show off how delicious they are. They have a delicious buttery cookie crust, topped with a layer of sweet strawberries, then another layer of crust crumbled on top. They're baked until they're just golden brown on top, and the strawberry layer turns into sweet jammy goodness. They are the perfect way to enjoy that strawberry flavor that is just the essence of summer!
Strawberry Crumb Bars

1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1 egg, beaten
4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons corn starch

Preheat oven to 375. Grease (or line with foil) a 9 x 13 pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, baking powder, salt, and flour. Cut in the butter using two knives or a pastry blender, until pieces are no bigger than pea sized. Stir in the egg to form a crumbly dough. Pat half of the dough in an even layer in the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with the 1/2 cup sugar and corn starch, then spread the strawberry mixture on top of the dough in the pan. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the strawberry layer. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool before slicing and serving.
  
These delicious and easy to make strawberry crumb bars are the perfect summer dessert!