Ah spring! It is in the air, and in the market, too. Fresh strawberries are beginning to populate the produce section, and all I can think of is new recipes to make with them. Here is a favorite of mine, and I have cut the fat and added applesauce instead, with super moist results. Just delicious. Enjoy!
2 cups of sliced strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup melted margarine
1/4 cup applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x5x3″ loaf pan.
Place the strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of sugar.
In a large bowl, blend together the remaining sugar, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until foamy before beating in the margarine and the applesauce. Stir in the strawberries. Combine the two mixtures, blending until the dry ingredients are moistened.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean and the top is golden. Remove from the oven and cool the pan on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.