You show me some fruit, first thing I think about is how to make a cake out of it. Second thing would be how to make a bread with it. It is kind of sad that I keep thinking about how to bake with any of the ingredients all the time, but it is so true. I had a pint of strawberries which, for some reason no one wanted to eat. I ate some, then remembered that I had half a block of cream cheese in the refrigerator. Since strawberry cream cheese is so good, I decided to make a bread using these two ingredients. My idea was to make one 9 X 5 loaf, but I added a bit too much water and ended up adding more flour. Result was awesome even when I did not increase the fat content. I did adjust the sugar so that it is a sweet breakfast bread. This is making me think about a rich strawberry flavored bread and all I need is another pint of strawberries to make it.
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All purpose flour - 4 - 5 cups (It took 4 3/4 cups for me - See Notes)
Strawberries - 8 - 10
Water - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Instant yeast - 2 1/4 tsp (It might look less for this much of flour, but trust me the bread was light and spongy enough)
Salt - 1 tsp
Cream cheese - 1/2 a block of 8 Oz block at room temperature
Chop the strawberries roughly and put it in a microwave safe bowl. Add the 3/4 cup of water to it and microwave for a minute or two till strawberries are soft. Mash roughly and when it is warm, start making the bread. In a bowl, take the strawberry water mixture that you have mashed, cream cheese, sugar, salt. Mix and add yeast. Start adding the flour. Start with 4 cups and use as per the need. This dough after kneading is still a lot tacky and a little sticky. Start kneading the dough adding enough flour to make it easy enough to knead. Do this for about 10 minutes or until elastic. If it is getting too hard to knead it, oil your hands and knead. Place the dough in the bowl and coat with oil. Turn it once to coat all over and let rise for an hour to hour and a half or until double in volume.
If you do not want two loaves, try using only 1/4 cup of water with the strawberries. Reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup and use 3 - 3 1/2 cups of flour. You can use just 2 tsp of instant yeast and the loaf will be perfect.
This loaf is on its way to Susan's Yeastspotting and to Srivalli's Breakfast Mela.
Also, linking it to 'A Themed Bakers Sunday #5 - bread' .