Sleepover Fun

August 19, 2011

Meeshie had a friend sleepover last night.  I wanted her to enjoy the last few days of summer vacation and thought that a sleepover was in order, so I took the day off of work.  When I was her age, I loved sleepovers.  It didn’t matter to me if the sleepover was at someone else’s house or if I was the host.  A sleepover was a great way to spend time with a friend or friends.  On summer nights we were usually lucky enough to spend the sleepover outside in the pop-up on the driveway.

While the girls were still sleeping I made this great strawberry bread.  It was the use of the brown butter that drew me in.  That and the fact that it’s Joy the Baker.  I usually don’t have a lot of strawberries in the house, but we bought a large container of them at our last trip to Costco.  I altered the recipe slightly by eliminating the bananas, not because I didn’t have any but, because I just felt like making this without them.  I also used a strawberry yogurt because I always seem to have that on hand for smoothies.

Once the girls woke up, I got everything ready for them to enjoy the bread.  They, of course, had other plans and opted for mini chocolate chip pancakes from Market Day.  Meeshie was very specific, please don’t make the pancakes this morning mom.  Just get the little ones out with the chocolate chips.  She’s since had the bread and loves it, but still.  I was heart-broken.  Wouldn’t you like to wake up to a house smelling like fresh baked bread?  And having it served to you warm with some butter melting on it?

Brown Butter Strawberry Bread

  • 6 oz Butter, melted and browned to just over 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 C Flour
  • 3/4 C  Brown Sugar
  • 1 t Baking Soda
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 3/4 t Cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 C plain yogurt (any fat content) or buttermilk
  • 1 C Strawberries (heaping), diced plus 1 strawberry very thinly sliced, for topping

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  When the crackling subsides, the butter will begin to brown ,swirl the pan as the butter cooks.  When the butter browns and begins to smell nutty, remove the pan from the flame and transfer the butter to a small bowl ,taking the butter out of the hot saucepan will stop the butter from overcooking and burning.  Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla extract, and yogurt or buttermilk.  When butter has cooled, whisk in the browned butter.

Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the dry ingredients.  Fold together, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to reveal any hidden pockets of flour.  Fold in the diced strawberries.  Fold together ingredients, but try not to over stir.

Spoon batter into prepared pan and top with thinly sliced strawberries.   Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the pan for 15 minutes, before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes one loaf.


  1. She is an ungrateful puppy 😉 and you are a great Mom. The bread sounds wonderful. Your recipe is a bit different than the one I use. I’ll have to give yours a try. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  2. This looks amazing! I am going to have to try this! I think there were some decent strawberries at the grocery store, I am going to have to get some so I can try this!

  3. This looks beautiful. I love the sliced strawberries along the top of the bread (gives you a little hint of what’s inside). Funny, we have a sleepover planned too and the boys will ask for chocolate chip pancakes, I’m sure.

    • Allison-
      But do yours ask for store bought? Sometimes I laugh at her requests. I think she thinks she’s doing me a favor because she thinks it’s a bother, but I really love spending time in the kitchen.

      • I have the hardest time figuring out what my 5 year-old will eat, especially with dinner. My older never did “dinnertime meltdowns,” but the younger can lose his marbles if I put half a meatball on his plate. Whew. When they ask me for a store-bought baked item I always tell them that they’re going to miss thier Mom’s cooking when they move out for college. I know. long way off, but still…

  4. How sad! I can see the draw of some mini chocolate chip pancakes, but I’m thinking I would still choose the strawberry bread. Of course, when I was younger I didn’t realize how much better home baked bread was than anything you could buy at the store. I’m sure she will learn someday. 🙂

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