Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped and tossed in flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. With electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Combine flour mixture with butter mixture until just blended. Add buttermilk and stir until just combined; do not over mix. Carefully fold in strawberries. Dough will be thick. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from pan.
For Glaze: Whisk powdered sugar, vanilla and cream together until creamy. Drizzle over bread before serving.
*Note: may add toasted pecans and whole fresh strawberries for garnish.
First Place — Shirley Lumsden, Cherokee County