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Rhubarb Bread

March 14, 2020

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This moist rhubarb bread can be made with fresh or frozen rhubarb. It’s perfect for breakfast or for snacking and makes a lovely treat. This is a simple bread recipe flavored with fresh orange and cinnamon. 

A loaf of rhubarb bread in a glass loaf pan.

Have you ever had rhubarb bread? I just started making this delicious quick bread and it’s a new favorite in my house! I’ve made rhubarb muffins before, but never rhubarb bread. 

What is rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a perennial plant that is one of the first plants to grow right after the snow melts. Technically rhubarb is a vegetable, but for culinary purposes it is treated more like a fruit. 

The stalks of the rhubarb plant are edible. The leaves are not! Rhubarb is very tart and is usually mixed with sugar to offset the tartness. 

What color is rhubarb?

Rhubarb can vary in color from bright red to a light green. Many stalks are a combination of reds and greens. The color does not change the taste of the rhubarb.

Rhubarb stalks being cut into small pieces on a wooden cutting board.

Can I use frozen rhubarb?

Yes, you can use fresh or frozen rhubarb when making this bread. When I freeze rhubarb, I cut it into small chunks. Add the chunks of frozen rhubarb directly to the dough. You may need to increase baking time by 5 minutes.

quick bread dough with chunks of rhubarb in a glass loaf pan.

Can I freeze this bread?

Yes, this bread can be frozen. Allow bread to fully cool and then slice. Place sliced bread in its original loaf shape into a freezer safe bag. You could also wrap the sliced loaf with plastic wrap and then wrap in foil. Bread is best if used between 2-3 months. It’s okay if it’s frozen longer, but the bread may dry out a bit. 

You can also freeze the bread without pre-slicing. I like the ease of pulling a loaf out of the freezer and already having it sliced. 

A slice of bread made with chunks of rhubarb on a white plate.

Rhubarb Recipes:

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Slices of bread on a white platter with a white coffee cup in the background.

Tips for making this bread:

  • Cut rhubarb into small pieces
  • Do not overmix batter
  • Make certain your oven is preheated before baking
  • Allow bread to cool before slicing
  • Store fully cooled bread in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 days

 

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Slices of homemade rhubarb bread.

Rhubarb Bread

Kathy
Quick bread with small bits of rhubarb
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Baking, Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 235 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray loaf pan with a nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice and orange zest.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. Add to wet mixture and combine.
  • Stir in chopped rhubarb.
  • Place mixture in a greased loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  • Allow bread to cool for 10-15 minutes on a baking rack and then remove from pan and let bread cool completely before slicing.

Notes

Tipsย 

  • Cut rhubarb into small pieces
  • Do not overmix batter
  • Make certain your oven is preheated before baking
  • Allow bread to cool before slicing
  • Store fully cooled bread in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 days

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 218mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 95IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword Rhubarb Bread
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This post was originally published in May of 2019. 

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    March 14, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    5 stars
    I think rhubarb is so pretty! And not sure I’ve ever tried it in bread before. Great idea! Lovely with my coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 15, 2020 at 4:54 am

      It adds a delicious slightly tart taste. I love it!

  • Reply
    Anna Wilson
    June 8, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    5 stars
    I just made my first rhubarb bread using your recipe! It turned out beautifully! I picked the rest of my rhubarb so I can chop it up and freeze it. So excited since Iโ€™ve never done anything with my rhubarb before!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      That’s wonderful! I’m so glad you loved it. Now that you have a freezer full of rhubarb, you can make this all year long!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    May 30, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    5 stars
    Great idea for the rhubarb weโ€™re picking.

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    May 30, 2019 at 5:09 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, can you believe I’ve never had rhubarb? I was always afraid to try it because it looks like celery. This would be the perfect recipe to try it in. It really does look delicious with all the little specks of rhubarb throughout the tender crumb!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 31, 2019 at 4:52 am

      It does look like celery, but the taste is nothing like it at all!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    May 29, 2019 at 11:20 am

    5 stars
    I’m a huge fan of quick breads. I don’t always have the patience for yeast breads. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This one sound delicious and I love that the rhubarb is paired with all of that citrus. I’m used to seeing it with strawberries, so this is a fun deviation. On my “to try” list. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 31, 2019 at 4:54 am

      I hope you do try it! It really is a delicious bread.

  • Reply
    annie@ciaochowbambina
    May 28, 2019 at 7:08 am

    5 stars
    I have never had rhubarb bread but I see that I am totally missing out! This sounds fabulous!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 29, 2019 at 5:55 am

      Yep, you’re missing out! You’d better bake a loaf!!!

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    May 28, 2019 at 6:03 am

    What a great way to use rhubarb! Mine is in full bloom right now and I am always trying to think of unique ways to use it, this bread is a keeper! Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 29, 2019 at 5:55 am

      Rhubarb can be used in so many different ways!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    May 28, 2019 at 4:51 am

    5 stars
    Fun! I must admit that I’ve never made rhubarb bread. I’m a huge fan of fruit (even if it’s a veggie like in this case) in quick breads, though, so I totally want to try this. I bet a slice would be pretty darned amazing with my cup of morning coffee right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 29, 2019 at 5:54 am

      Time to get baking! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    May 27, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    5 stars
    Oh I love rhubarb, so this recipe makes me very happy to see!
    Yum!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 29, 2019 at 5:54 am

      I love the tartness of rhubarb!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    May 27, 2019 at 6:16 am

    5 stars
    My rhubarb has *just* started to grow and this bread would be such a yummy use for it! Never thought of using rhubarb in bread before. Slathered in butter and with a cuppa coffee, that would make one delicious breakfast!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 29, 2019 at 5:54 am

      Our rhubarb is just ready for harvesting. I have a long list of baking to do!

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