Glazed Strawberry Bread

This mouthwatering glazed strawberry bread, packed with 4 cups of fresh fruit macerated in sugar, is so moist and tender be prepared to hand out the recipe to friends and family.

a loaf of strawberry bread garnished with fresh berries on a white floral platter

Why this Glazed Strawberry Bread is so special-

This recipe is loaded with 4 cups of fresh strawberries.

The glaze is made from fresh juice by macerating the berries, fresh lemon juice and a touch of confectioners sugar for the perfect level of sweetness.

The batter is created with simple pantry staples.

You can use frozen berries, but fresh is best.

By macerating the berries in sugar for 2-4 hours, the berries are extra sweet.

a bowl of fresh strawberries, eggs, flour and other ingredients for the glazed strawberry bread recipe

Ingredients for Glazed Strawberry Bread:

  • strawberries
  • lemons
  • sugar
  • confectioners sugar
  • flour
  • lemon paste- buy my favorite HERE
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
chopped berries on a cutting board

What is macerating?

Macerating is simply the process of adding sugar, wine, vinegar or fruit juice to fruit to encourage it to release its juice and to soften the flesh.

sugar being poured over a bowl of fresh  chopped strawberries

More on macerating-

Because so many grocery store berries can be rather tasteless and not provide much flavor to your recipe or fruit salad, I like to macerate the fruit for a few hours. Juice will be released as quickly as 30 minutes. The longer the fruit macerates, the more juice you can expect.

a market stand at the Pike Place Market in Seattle filled with fresh berries

How to get the most of out store bought strawberries:

If you are like me, you only have access to fresh berries a few weeks every year- typically late summer in the Northwest or in Florida- February through March. If you see berries like the ones in my photos from the Pike Place Market, you know the berries are ripe and at the peak of freshness. But, not all of us have farmers markets bursting with berries year round.

So how do you get the most out of the plastic clamshell of California or South American strawberries that can be, well- not very berry tasting?

So what to do with those bland berries-

Wash the berries well to remove any sand or grit. Pat them dry. Trim the tops and then with a sharp paring knife, cut out the very center or pith. Then cut the berries into small pieces and cover with sugar, balsamic vinegar, wine, fruit nectar or juice. The pith is absolutely edible, but it can taste bitter.

a bowl of batter filled with strawberries

Pro-tips for this recipe:

  • Read the recipe throughly- the strawberries and sugar require several hours to macerate completely.
  • The bread needs to rest and cool completely before glazing.
  • This recipe takes a full 55 minutes to an hour to bake. It is a very thick batter.
  • Do not over-mix the batter.
  • When you check on the bread to see if it is finished baking, try not to remove it from the oven or it will collapse.
  • Frozen berries can be used, but drain completely after macerating.
  • If you are in a hurry, you can omit the glaze. Skip step #1.
a loaf of strawberry bread cooling on a wire rack

Equipment needed for this recipe:

  • sharp knife
  • fine sieve
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large mixing bowl
  • loaf pan
a cake and a flat filled with fresh berries

Other delicious strawberry recipes to try:

a slice strawberry bread on an antique plate garnished with fresh berries and a sterling silver fork

Glazed Strawberry Bread

Recipe by Meggen Arthur Wilson
Course: Breads, Breakfast u0026amp; Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Sweet Tooth, Valentine’s DayCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Get ready to bake this mouthwatering glazed strawberry bread. Made with fresh strawberries and a sweet glaze, it’s a recipe worth sharing.


  • 4-5 cups fresh strawberries, stems removed and choppe

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus 1 TBSP

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp lemon paste

  • For the Glaze
  • 1 cup reserved juice from macerating berries

  • 2 TBSP lemon juice, fresh

  • 1 TBSP lemon zest

  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted


  • In a medium size bowl, Combine chopped strawberries and 1/4 cup of sugar. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes. Then chill for 2-4 hours in the fridge. Strain over a fine sieve for 30 minutes at room temperature until all the juices are released. You should have about 1 cup of juice. Reserve the juice in the fridge until bread is completely cooled after baking.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan well.
  • In a large bowl, combine the four and the remaining dry ingredients. Whisk well to combine.
  • Beat the eggs until frothy. Stir in the oil and lemon paste. Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the flour mixture until the flour is just barely coated with the oil and eggs.
  • Pour the batter, which will be stiff into the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. This bread takes a long time to bake. Cover with foil halfway through baking so the top does not burn. Check the bread with a bamboo skewer inserted in the center. If the bamboo skewer comes out clean, the loaf is finished baking.
  • Cool the loaf on a wire rack for 1 hour, remove from the pan and cool completely.
  • For the Glaze
  • Mix the reserved juice with the lemon juice and zest. Whisk in the sifted confectioners sugar.
    Pour half the glaze over the cooled bread.
    Reserve the remaining glaze for another loaf or as a simple syrup for cocktails- it is perfect for making strawberry daiquiris.
a delicate antique palte with a slice of strawberry bread next to a sterling silver fork

Every February, the farmlands around Plant City, Florida, are bursting with strawberries. A must stop is the Parksdale Farms Stand where the line for strawberry shortcake wraps around the building. If standing in line for shortcake isn’t your cup of tea, run down the road to one of a dozen “you pick it farms” or farm stands for fresh berries and make one of our tempting strawberry recipes.

This Strawberry Bread recipe makes the oddest batter. You’ll think there’s no way it’s going to turn out tasty. Trust me. It’s delicious.

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