Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread with Streusel Topping

i’ve been promising this one and i finally got around to baking it this afternoon after work! strawberry bread full of luscious berries with cream cheese in the batter along with toasted walnuts and a streusel topping! someone (pianolearner) commented on my banana bread post that they could “put streusel topping on everything” and i tend to concur! i have never made this bread with streusel nor have i ever added cream cheese to the batter. much to my delight- both additions are wonderful!

this bread is exceptionally tender for a quick bread and very moist. i suspect it is like most quick breads in that the flavor is best about 24 hours after baking: the flavors mellow and meld together creating a symphony of sweet strawberry and walnuty goodness. of course i couldn’t wait 24 hours… i just baked this tonight! i will eat it again tomorrow (duh!) and i’m sure it will be even better which is hard to believe because it was so frickin’ good tonight! i don’t think that you would place the cream cheese if you didn’t know it was in there but it certainly adds a moistness and a richness to this bread. there is also 1/2 cup half and half mixed in at the end of this batter to add to the moisture level. you can imagine now how moist and almost creamy this loaf must be… and you would be right!

this bread is awesome on it’s own but i’m sure toasting it and slathering it with butter (or dare i say… more cream cheese?!?) wouldn’t hurt. or perhaps making it into french toast like i did with my banana muffin bread… heaven!

(adapted from “Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread” on


Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread with Streusel Topping

ingredients for the streusel:

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp superfine sugar
  • 1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine kosher or sea salt

directions for the streusel:

  • mix all ingredients together with your fingers until it resembles coarse sand
  • set aside until you have put the bread batter into the loaf pan


ingredients for the bread:

  • 2 cups washed, dried, hulled and roughly chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 4 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup half and half (or whole milk)
  • 1/2 cup chopped and toasted walnuts (toast by baking on a sheet tray for about 5 minutes at 350 F in a single layer)

directions for the bread:

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the center position
  • grease and flour a 9X5 inch loaf pan (or coat lightly with baking spray)
  • in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar and cream cheese until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
  • add eggs, half at a time, mixing until combines, scraping the bowl after each addition
  • mix in vanilla
  • in a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • add the flour mixture 1/3 at a time to the wet ingredients, mixing until just barely combined- don’t over-mix!
  • add the half and half or milk and until just combined
  • fold in the walnuts and strawberries

  • pour batter (it will be on the thick side) into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top
  • sprinkle the streusel evenly over the dough
  • bake for 50 to 65 minutes. check for doneness with a cake tester: it should come out clean when it is done. don’t over-bake
  • allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to a cooling rack
  • one cooled, wrap the loaf tightly in plastic wrap to keep in moisture



4 responses to “Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread with Streusel Topping

  1. Jess, you’re killing me here. Strawberries, cream cheese? What’s not to like. Now I have to make a trip to the grocery this week instead of waiting until next.

    • lol. yea this is good… sorry! what do you think of the new page format? i thought the old one might be a bit hard to read so i’m playing around with it a bit now…

  2. i couldn’t get the light in my kitchen to turn on today so this picture is terrible but it’s the best i could do with the lighting i was dealing with lol… yea, one could say that my kitchen is no longer adequate for my needs haha but i make do

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