Make a wonderful, depression-era recipe with this Easy Strawberry Bread. It’s also simple to make gluten-free too!
This depression-era Strawberry Bread was actually a recipe passed on to me by my great-great aunt. She would have been making it in her home during the great depression.
I have since adapted it into Blueberry Bread as well, the original recipe though uses strawberries. As strawberries are in season now, it’s the perfect time to make Strawberry Bread.
My aunt’s original recipe is well-kept in her collection that I have written in her handwriting on an old, aged sheet of notebook paper. The original recipe also makes it in coffee cans. I found that so interesting as I was reading it. I had to go back and read the history of that too.
It seems back during the great depression, aluminum was being rationed and baking in coffee cans was actually a very normal, regular thing to do.
I typically make our strawberry bread in a bundt pan, that tends to work the best for this recipe.
Tips for making Easy Strawberry Bread:
The easiest way I find to crush the strawberries is with a potato masher. It can be done with a form as well. The strawberries can be sliced first, green removed, and then mashed in a bowl with the potato masher or a fork.
This is simply lightly mashing or ‘crushing’ them. This is the best way to do it, it’s simply getting some of the juice from the strawberries out and making them smaller pieces to go in the bread.
It also works the best to fold in the strawberries.
Remember this recipe will come out as a thick batter, so you will be spreading it into the pan.
Can you make Strawberry Bread in the Ninja Foodi?
Yes, you can make this as Ninja Foodi Strawberry Bread, as I did with the Ninja Foodi Lemon Bread.
The process of preparing the batter is the same; however, you will want to use a smaller bundt pan. All the batter may fit into this small bundt pan, or you can use an additional bread pan for what’s left of the batter; however, you’d need to bake then in 2 batches.
This would bake in the Ninja Foodi at 325 degrees for 40 minutes using the ‘bake’ function.
How do you make this Gluten-Free?
If you want to make this bread gluten-free, simply swap flour and use a gluten-free all-purpose flour such as Better Batter. I prefer Better Batter but you can use your favorite 1:1 flour.
Enjoy this amazing depression-era Strawberry Bread!
Easy Strawberry Bread
- 3 Cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour or Regular All Purpose Flour
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 3 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Cup Oil
- 2 Cups Crushed Strawberries about 1 lb of strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Sift dry ingredients together and set aside.
- Combine all wet ingredients and mix well. This can be done by hand or with a stand mixer.
- Once the wet ingredients are mixed well add in the dry ingredients and continue to mix until well combined.
- Lastly, fold in the crushed strawberries.
- Spray either 2 bread loaf pans or 1 bundt cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Spread batter into the pan, it is a thick batter, so you'll be spreading it.
- Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
- Cool and serve.