Jubilee Strawberries and Strawberry Bread Recipe

I was recently invited (along with a lovely group of bloggers and a journalist) by the nice folks at Cirkle to travel to Kelsey Farm and check out their fruit-growing operation. The day was hot and sunny and perfect for the trip.

Strawberries

The charming Paul Kelsey himself took the day to show us around and show us the entire operation from picking and packing to distribution.

Paul Kelsey

I was really impressed with the entire operation, but more importantly I really liked that the fruit pickers are treated really well. They are paid well and the living area and recreation areas were a bit of home.

The way that the strawberries are grown was innovative and in a manner that made it easy for the pickers to pick the strawberries.

The aroma the berries gave off was amazing, and more amazing was the size and taste of the berries. I ate large ones, small ones, heart-shaped ones and they were all gorgeous and the best strawberries I have ever eaten. They taste the way you remember them tasting when you were a kid. They are Driscoll strawberries, a reminder for me of home. Now one thing Paul told me that surprised me was that the season lasts from May – October. I like to eat fresh and in season produce, so this made me very happy indeed.

We got to pick our own strawberries to take home and create with. Next we were off to lunch for a strawberry themed meal.

Pimms, don't mind if I do

We started the lunch with Pimms made with Jubilee strawberries of course. Then we moved outside to eat lunch in the glorious sun.

Strawberry starter

I won’t bore you with a run down of the lunch, suffice it to say that every course did include strawberries and we were very well fed.

After a lengthy lunch, we collected our strawberries and we taken home.

A massive thank you to Paul, Sam and Jodie for taking such good care of us, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I have a list of things to create with the berries, but decided to start with jam and strawberry bread. I topped the bread batter with some jam then swirled in and then baked. If you want more Jubilee Strawberry recipes, check out the Jubilee Strawberry website.

 

 

Strawberry bread

 

Strawberry Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 115 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup strawberries roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or half-fat creme fraiche)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan assisted)
  2. Butter loaf pan and coat lightly in flour
  3. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, beating well.
  5. Sift the dry ingredients together and combine with butter mixture. Blend well.
  6. Add the strawberries, sour cream, and vanilla and stir well.
  7. Pour batter into pan.
  8. Bake for approximately 45 minutes depending on your oven.
  9. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool
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Stay turned for more strawberry recipes this weekend.

Have a good one.
Steph

 

Comments

  1. says

    Thank you! I am off to make some jam and fruit leather with what is left of mine. Love the look of your mint brownie pie! Lush! It was lovely to meet you as well, and such a good day x Steph

  2. says

    Gorgeous photos and delicious looking bread. I’ve still got some strawberries left over in the fridge so will give it a go! It was lovely to meet you on Tuesday, and thank you again for the GIANT strawberry you picked!