Orange Rhubarb Bread Recipe
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Orange Rhubarb Bread Recipe

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I love rhubarb and this bread is great anytime—for a breakfast treat, a dessert or especially at a tea party with your favorite friends. —Vevianna Schrock, Silverton, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 128 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, orange peel and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Fold in rhubarb and walnuts.
  2. Transfer to two 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (6 slices each).
Editor's Note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.
Originally published as Orange Rhubarb Bread in Cooking for 2 Summer 2009, p27

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KKocer User ID: 8417045 227981
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"Delicious recipe! I doubled it and made in two regular size bread pans. Next time I will x4 so my loaves are higher. It is so good! I may have a whole loaf eaten before my husband gets home from work! I sprinkled the top with sugar before baking. Next time I will sprinkle a bit more sugar and also add more orange zest."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6310398 225167
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"Dilli: Why would you try to rate something you haven't actually tried? That's cheating!"

Dilli User ID: 7204156 224933
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2015

"Only 3/4 cup flour? Is this correct. I could only give it 3 stars because I don't know if the recipe is correct."

crankyankee User ID: 7233510 218765
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"good but not sure I would make again."

stevenspoint User ID: 6793093 179640
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"This is a great way to use up so much rhubarb. Everyone that has tried this bread really loves it. I cut extra rhubarb up and freeze in 1 1/2 cup bags to make this in the winter months. I also tripled the recipe to make two full large loaves. Need to adjust cooking and cooling times however."

galeygogo User ID: 6151170 182667
Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"Have made this over and over1 It is yummy and my 3 little nephews love it! I have made this as mini loafs and many times as muffins, sprinkling sugar over the top before baking. And always use the all the zest of one orange. Try it!"

edl274 User ID: 2973607 164354
Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"Excellent. As someone suggested, I increased the orange peel. Am also making double batches now because it's so good."

wileyhen User ID: 4455995 178773
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"This recipe is absolutely delicious. Next time I make it I am going to double or triple the recipe because I have only a bread loaf size pan. I increased the grated orange to one teaspoon. Best when eaten fresh. Didn't like it after one week as it lost flavor."

cbrz User ID: 5908492 210489
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"This has a great taste. However I do not like the flat apprearance of the loaf. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to get a better rounded top to the loaf.

I made it as one slightly larger loaf instead of the two tiny ones."

3yellowdogs User ID: 6376575 182666
Reviewed May. 4, 2012

"Awesome bread...I love it. My husband is always dieting so I substituted orange fat-free yogurt for the butter and it turned out great!"

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