Almond Rhubarb Bread



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I love rhubarb season. Yes, by the end of it you are kinda scrambling to figure out ways to use it all up. But the start of rhubarb season – I just can’t wait to cut off the first few stalks to make a batch of rhubarb butter tarts. And the few years I was without a thriving rhubarb plant in my yard, well… I was ready to beg my way into some stalks from anyone who would offer.

While this is only the second rhubarb recipe I have posted this season, I’m well into my baking with this ornamental vegetable (I googled it… that’s what it says it is). I particularly enjoy this recipe (which I first found hereย and made a few minor additions to it) – its got such a lovely texture and flavour and the addition of the orange zest in the crumble topping is perfect!

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Almond Rhubarb Bread

Crumb Topping:

1/4 cup of oatmeal
1/4 cup of brown sugar
Grated peel of one orange
1 tablespoon of soft butter

Batter:

1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of canola oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of buttermilk
1 1/4 cups of unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
pinch of salt
2 cups of chopped rhubarb
1/2 cup of chopped almonds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a bread loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper.

Mix together the topping ingredients until fully combined. Will create a crumbly mixture. Set aside.

Mix together the brown sugar and oil in a large bowl. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix. Stir in the buttermilk.

Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix only till just combined.

Add in rhubarb and almonds.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Spread so it is even across the top. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top and bake for 60 minutes. If it starts to brown too much, just cover over with an additional piece of parchment or foil. Leave to cool fully before slicing.

Did I mention that I love the texture of this bread. It’s light and moist. It holds the rhubarb nicely.

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And the crumb topping and addition of the almonds just adds to the texture complexities.

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Sorry – I couldn’t resist a gratuitous shot of my dear Buster. He was waiting for me to finish photographing the images for this post as that was all that was in the way of his dinner. He wasn’t impressed. Can you tell?

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