May 02, 2006

Rhubarb Oatmeal Bread


Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 cups fresh rhubarb, diced
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest of one lime

Directions:
Preheat oven 350. Spray with baking spray (with flour) or butter one large loaf pan. Toss together 1/4 cup of the flour with the rhubarb and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together butter, lime zest and both sugars. Add baking soda, oats and salt, mix briefly. Add buttermilk and remaining flour alternately, combining well, between each addition. Gently fold in rhubarb. Pour into pan and bake about 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 8-10 minutes then remove from pan and continue to cool on a wire rack.

My thoughts:
I had never made anything with rhubarb before today. In fact, I think I had only had rhubarb once before, along side strawberries in a pie. When I saw rhubarb at the store I wasn't sure what do with it but it looked so fresh and pretty I couldn't resist. I have been seeing rhubarb recipes every where, including some for rhubarb bread but none that really called out to me. I decided to try my hand a creating a new bread recipe using some ingredients on hand. It came out really well. The oatmeal makes it homey but the lime zest combines with the rhubarb adds a bright fresh flavor.

12 comments:

  1. I've never tried rhubarb either...but it is an interesting item...I don't even know if I'd be able to find it here...

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  2. I'm a newly converted rhubarb lover - and this bread sounds divine!
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  3. I've never made anything with rhubarb before, either, but I adore the stuff. This bread looks yummy. Are there any hints you could give me as to how to clean the rhubarb? Is it kind of like cleaning celery?

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  4. I think that this recipe was meant to be for me. Even though this store has been months without oatmeal (long story), they happened to have some in today. Rhubarb too. Perhaps I'll just have to make some.

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  5. When is the oatmeal supposed to be added?

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  6. I don't think I've even tasted rhubarb before. I know that it goes in pie with strawberries but that's the extent of my knowledge. Is it very sweet?

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  7. Rhubarb is not sweet at all! Rather tart, actually.

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  8. haha...shows how much I know :-)

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  9. my rhubarb has grown taller than my head, and there is much more coming! its about time i do something with it. thanks for help on line! rhubarb juice is always good. chop it up, add a little sugar, let marrinate, add water to cover plus a little more,then cook.
    bring to boil and simmer a short time. ENJOY. juice and pulp and alll.

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