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Apple-Rhubarb Bread

Rhubarb is such a jewel that I freeze it to have all year. Here’s how my mother used rhubarb – in an apple bread spiced with cinnamon. —Linda Tom, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled apple
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla until blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add to egg mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in apples, rhubarb and walnuts.
  • Transfer to two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled loaves in plastic wrap and foil. To use, thaw at room temperature.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 196 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • coppertop67
    Sep 28, 2020

    I was really happy with this! Make sure to dice the rhubarb finely, but this is a great way to hide some rhubarb!

  • Kimberly
    Aug 6, 2020

    Halved the recipe and results were good! Thank you for this one. I'll definitely make it again.

  • tothb
    Aug 3, 2020

    I have not made this bread yet, but it is on my list of recipes to try. In response to Don, my first guess would be that the baking powder your used may have been out of date or may have gotten damp in storage making it ineffective. This is only a guess and said with the best of intentions. I know that when this has happened to me, it was my baking powder!

  • Don
    May 31, 2020

    My wife and I just tried this and we're wondering what we did wrong! The final product looks nothing like the picture on the web-site. It looks just like it did when we put in in the oven-didn't rise at all! Any suggestion(s) would be appreciated. Don

  • Karen
    May 25, 2020

    We really enjoyed this bread!!! It is delicious!

  • Chrome Cowgirl
    May 18, 2020

    Very nice and moist. I substituted the sugar for half stevia and grated the apples instead of chopping them. Will reduce total amount of sugars as I find this quite sweet.

  • D.
    May 31, 2019

    No comment left

  • suekg
    Jun 30, 2018

    Really good. I added a sugar topping. As an experiment, I may swap out 1/2 cup sugar for brown sugar next time.

  • Mary
    Jan 3, 2017

    OMG Lady, I Just made this and it is one of the best apple breads I have made to date! :) the addition of Rhubarb is nothing short of genius!

  • dkuehl
    Apr 21, 2015

    This bread recipe was very moist and good. I halved recipe for just one loaf and turned out great.