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Monday, July 25, 2011

Orange Rhubarb Bread



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...While it's getting scraggly, rhubarb is still available at local farm stands and green markets. I really am delighted. I still have untested recipes I wanted to try and this extended growing season makes that possible. This lovely quick bread was developed by Sonya Goergen and it is quite simply delicious. It is moist and packed with a bright, tangy orange flavor that I find especially appealing. A slice of this sweet bread and a steamy cup of French press makes for a great breakfast that will kick start the gloomiest of days. The bread can be made with frozen rhubarb if a little care is exercised. The rhubarb should be measured while it is frozen, but it should be allowed to thaw and drain before it is used in the bread. Do not squeeze or press it dry. You want it to retain some moisture. This is really easy to make, and, while it stales quickly, it can be frozen. If you enjoy cranberry orange bread, I think you'll enjoy this theme and variation. Here's the recipe.

Orange Rhubarb Bread...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Sonya Gorgen

Ingredients:

1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup orange juice
1-1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
2) In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange peel and vanilla.
3) Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice. Fold in rhubarb and almonds.
4) Transfer batter to prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).






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52 comments:

Ambreen said...

Cake looks irresistible & delicious! Just fantastic :)

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Cake looks so delicious n yummy..

MaryMoh said...

I love all cakes with orange...refreshing and delicious. I have not tried rhubarb though but adding it adds to the colour. I'm sure it gives a better taste. Hope you have a great day! Mary

Red Nomad OZ said...

That's an interesting combination to kickstart a rhubarb renaissance!! And anything that looks like it came from a bakery works for me ...

Glad you enjoyed my Camel Racing adventure downunder here in OZ!

Maris(In Good Taste) said...

Looks so moist and delicious. Love the flavor combo

Jamie said...

Mary, I adore sweet quick breads and especially with fruit. They are eaten and enjoyed by my husband for breakfast and snacks. I so rarely bake with rhubarb even though JP loves it. This is a fabulous recipe and perfect for him.

Jay said...

super soft n delicious...:)
Tasty Appetite

Hovkonditorn said...

I would love to have a slice of this one :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds great Mary! I have two packs of rhubarb, 1 1/2 cups each in the freezer-yum:@)

Corey @ Learning Patience said...

Looks delicious -- Haven't found rhubarb yet here in Trinidad...xoxo

Sue/the view from great island said...

For me it's the combination of orange, vanilla and spices that sounds great. The colors are beautiful.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love orange in a cake. I've never tried rhubarb in one though I am sure I would enjoy it. I'd love to have been there for that steamy cup and a nice slice! blessings ~ tanna

Martha said...

I love quick breads and have made a rhubarb one but this lookes really good with the addition of the orange. I'll have to try it -- IF I can find frozen rhubarb.

Rambling Tart said...

Mmm! I've never paired orange and rhubarb together, but it sounds marvelous!! Especially with strong coffee. :-)

Dzoli said...

This is perfect with good cup of coffee:)

Clint said...

Looks exciting!

Jenn said...

I have not met an orange bread I did not like :) This sounds lovely!

From the Kitchen said...

I always freeze a few containers of rhubarb to keep us happy in winter. I think that fresh might still be around and I'll have to scout out some known areas. I'm happy to add this recipe to my quick bread file.

Best,
Bonnie

Mijú said...

A mi si lleva jengibre ya me gusta!!!
Un saludito

PeggyR said...

That sounds wonderful!

Parsley Sage said...

My morning coffee just tasted a little less satisfying now that my tummy has seen this delicious morning treat!

Cooking Creation said...

This looks so tasty! I would love to have that with my cup of coffee right now! Thanks for sharing :)

Pondside said...

This looks like a good recipe to bring a little sunshine to a winter day when the rhubarb is bagged in the freezer.

tandysinclair.com said...

We don't get rhubarb here very often, but if I do, this is a recipe I would try :)

girlichef said...

I did not use rhubarb at all this year, I can't believe it. This bread sounds lovely...and looks so perfectly moist.

The Fajdich Times said...

You have so many rhubarb recipes. I just recently picked rhubarb at my Mom's and froze it. I was just looking at your rhubarb scones...yum. Thanks for all the recipes:)

Kim said...

I tried, last summer, a lemon-rhubarb cake and it delighted us. I'm sure this one would do the same. I'm definitly going to try this as it looks so good!

David said...

Mary, This recipe just sounds great. Even better, it's a combination of ingredients that I've never had! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Rachel said...

Oh boy, rhubarb! My grandmother used to grow it inher garden and make rhubarb pies.
Your bread has a beautiful texture and color and I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I've never seen rhubarb used with orange before, but what a great idea. I can imagine that the citrus pairs beautifully with the tangy rhubarb.

Rosita Vargas said...

Maria is a real delicacy, the bread looks beautiful with rhubarb, I will visista I have today and I have a few rhubarb, big hugs and many blessings.

Sue said...

What a unique bread! Love it!

MyBlackPoodle said...

Thank you, Mary, for your kind words about my blog. Since joining French Fridays with Dorie, I have been introduced to the joys of rhubarb. I will certainly try your recipe if I can still find some rhubarb. Everything looks delicious.

Emily Malloy said...

Now I'm in the mood for some baking this evening! Yum

Barbara F. said...

Mary, we share the same quest for that one perfect bite, my problem is I usually take multiple ones! This loaf looks delicious, I never had rhubarb with orange, usually in a pie with strawberries. Thanks for your visit and sweet comment. I am your newest follower. xo,

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Interesting recipe, I would like to try this. Take care Diane

Stephen said...

I have been absent for a while but this recipe sounds interesting. I have never been a rhubarb fan but I develpped that opinion as a youth. It looks like it is time to test the 'old' tastebuds again, and what better way than a delicious looking "Orange Rhubarb Bread"

That Girl said...

So jealous you still have rhubarb available!

Tender Branson said...

Bread looks wonderful (especially since you brought my combo back).

Maria Dolores said...

El ruibarbo por aquí no se suele encontrar, nunca lo he probado y me llama mucho la atención, en cuanto encuentre aunque sea en mermelada la comparé.
El pastel tiene una pinta alucinante.

Joanne said...

What an interesting use for rhubarb! I bet it's great combined with the citrus.

Cheryl said...

Mary I bought Rhubarb today and am going to make this tomorrow, do you think I need to peel the Rhubarb at all? Thank you!

teresa said...

what a lovely combination. such a bright summery bread, it sounds just wonderful!

The Harried Cook said...

Gorgeous combination of flavors... and that's a beautiful loaf! Thanks for sharing, Mary!

Pam said...

Oh Mary, that orange rhubarb bread looks beautiful and so delicious.

Kerstin said...

What a lovely and unique loaf of bread - I actually have some leftover rhubarb in the fridge so maybe I'll try this!

Elaine said...

This looks so pretty and delicious. I enjoy making quick breads so much. I'll have to see if rhubarb is still available here.

Chelsea said...

OH my gosh, yum! I've never had rhubarb in a cake- I certainly want to now!

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

This looks delicious. I just had some rhubarb in my hand at the market this morning and now I wish I didn't put it back!

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

I've never had orange with rhubarb before but the combination sounds wonderful. Especially in a moist looking bread like this.

briarrose said...

Such a nice flavor combination. Beautiful bread.

yummychunklet said...

Love the look of this bread!

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