This strawberry jam quick bread is a special treat that the whole family can enjoy! Made with honey sweetened jam, it’s the perfect little indulgence. Make mini loaves and give them as gifts!
There a a fews ways that I know Greyson is my son, apart from my memory of his birth, obviously.
One of those ways is that this kid loves bread. I’m not even kidding, y’all, we have to make special arrangements when we go out to eat to make sure that Greyson eats a normal meal before bread is brought to our table.
For example, when we go out to breakfast, we sit down and order our drinks and two scrambled eggs for Greyson right away because otherwise he will see my breakfast (which is usually French Toast or biscuits and gravy) and only want that.
So yes. My kid is obsessed with bread and he for sure gets it from his mama. I’ve had a major craving for homemade bread lately and with summer on the horizon (it was officially in the 100’s already this week in Phoenix – but don’t worry it is back down in the 70’s next week), I remembered a family recipe from Steven’s aunt for strawberry jam quick bread.
I looked up the recipe again in a really cool cookbook that we have from Steven’s grandparents. It’s a collection of recipes from a society that his grandmother was a part of, so it has recipes from Steven’s mom, dad, aunts, and grandparents. I’m all about tried and true family recipes. I looked it up and remembered it has a good bit of sugar in it. An average amount for an adult, but more than I’d like to give my toddler at this point.
I?ve made it a few times in the past, but wanted to try to make it again without any sugar. Because I knew it would just be cruel to make bread that he couldn?t eat. Cruel to myself, since I’d have to deal with the upset toddler who couldn’t have the bread.
So I subbed the sugar for unsweetened applesauce and used this strawberry jelly from Smucker’s that is sweetened with honey. Still a sweetener, but at least a natural one. I loved the low sugar substitutes and the bread was plenty sweet with the strawberry flavor! In fact, we tested the original and this applesauce sweetened version and we all really preferred this version. We didn’t feel guilty having a slice of this version because it just felt lighter without the weight of the sugar.
This strawberry jam quick bread is hearty though, it feels like a mini brick and when you’re making it. You might think the batter is too thick, but it’ll be just fine, I promise! I actually made a similar version to the original with the regular amount of sugar at the same time to send to work with my husband and this version was less thick than the original because of the applesauce.
The cool thing about baking with applesauce instead of sugar is that a lot of the time you don?t need to adjust the recipe. Sometimes if there’s added liquid to the recipe, you’ll need to reduce the liquid by ¼ cup, but in this recipe I didn’t have to make any other substitutions. I initially thought I would need less eggs, so I started with one less but ended up adding the fourth one back in to help the batter be the right consistency.
I made this recipe as mini loaves in this pan, but you could definitely use a regular loaf pan as well.
- 3 cups flour
- ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups of unsweetened applesauce
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup of strawberry jam or preserves
- 1 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together butter, applesauce, vanilla and eggs.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
- Slowly pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients, be careful not to over stir.
- Fold in sour cream by hand with a spatula.
- Then mix in strawberry preserves/jam until just combined.
- Pour into four mini greased loaf pans or 2 regular loaf pans, filling about ¾ way full.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes (up to 60 minutes for full loaf) until a knife or toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
- Allow to cool, enjoy warm with a spread of preserve or butter!
If you need a play date snack, homemade gift, or just a fun treat for the family, this strawberry jam quick bread is definitely your solution.