Fresh Strawberry Bread

1 pint fresh strawberries

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup shortening

2 eggs

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream cheese, optional

Crush enough berries to measure 1 cup; pour into saucepan and heat to
boiling. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly; cool. Slice remaining
strawberries; chill. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and
cinnamon; set aside. Cream together sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla
until light and fluffy; add dry ingredients alternately with water. Stir in
crushed strawberries. Fold in walnuts. Spread batter into greased 9 by 5 by
3 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes; cool for 10
minutes before removing from pan. To serve; slice, spread with cream cheese
and top with reserved sliced strawberries.  Mama's Corner.


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