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Rhubarb bread

Rhubarb Bread

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x


This rhubarb bread recipe is the best! Tender and fluffy, it’s flecked with sweet tart rhubarb and sprinkled with a crunchy streusel topping.



For the bread

  • 2 cups rhubarb, finely diced
  • 2 cups [280 g] all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the streusel topping

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. Chop the rhubarb and set it aside. Grease a 9 x 5-inch aluminum loaf pan with butter.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, buttermilk, melted butter, neutral oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  5. Make the streusel: In a small bowl, mix the sugar and all-purpose flour. Cut the butter into small pieces, then use your fingers to rub it into the dry ingredients until well distributed and crumbles form.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients from the batter (Step 4) into the well in the dry ingredients. Mix gently until just combined and there are no longer streaks of flour.
  7. Add 1 2/3 cups of the diced rhubarb and fold it in with a spatula, taking care not to overwork the batter.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with 1/3 cup of the chopped rhubarb, then sprinkle evenly with the streusel.
  9. Place in the oven, adding a baking sheet on the rack underneath. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs, rotating the pan halfway through baking, about 55 to 65 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes. 
  10. Run a knife around the edge and invert the loaf onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool fully to room temperature (about 1 hour) before slicing into pieces. This bread is best the day it’s made, but you can store refrigerated for up to 10 days: make sure to bring to room temperature before enjoying. Alternatively, store frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Baked
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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