Saturday, May 21, 2011

Strawberry Rhubarb Bread

One of the best gifts anyone can give me is an ingredient. While others may want a completed recipe – a cookie, a bread, etc. I’d much rather have the berries, the chocolate or the oil which I will then turn into a final product.

Yeah, I’m that person on your gift list that doesn’t take much work at all.

So I was thrilled earlier this week when a friend gave me some rhubarb. As I mentioned last spring with my rhubarb experiments I was never a fan of it growing up, but as I’ve learned of more things to do with it I actually kind of like the stuff.

Another source of my rhubarb inspiration has been Two Peas and Their Pod. Maria shares her love of rhubarb in her recipes such as the Rhubarb Apple Bread which got me thinking about how to use my rhubarb.

Since we have so many strawberries, I just had to go with the classic combination. So I played around with a few ingredients and came up with a bread of my own.

There is something about a slice of seasonal quick bread and a cup of coffee on a beautiful Saturday morning that makes the entire weekend complete!

Strawberry Rhubarb Bread

1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground allspice
1 egg
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
3 tbsp butter, melted
¼ cup mascavo sugar
¼ cup Demerara sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup milk
¾ cup rhubarb, finely chopped
1 cup strawberries, finely chopped

1 tbsp Demerara sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan. (I used coconut oil.) (I also used one mini loaf pan and one 8x4 so I could give a small loaf away. My larger loaf was just a little smaller. )

In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, 1 tsp cinnamon and ground allspice. Set aside. In a mixer fit with the paddle attachment, mix together the egg and yogurt. Blend well on medium speed. Be sure your butter has cooled and slowly add that to the yogurt and egg.

Add ¼ cup of Demerara and mascavo, mix on medium-high for about 2 minutes. Mix in the vanilla and milk.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mix on low just until the flour is incorporated. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the rhubarb and strawberries, being careful not the break up the berries too much.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Mix the remaining Demerara sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle it evenly over the loaf. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (My mini loaf took 20 minutes and the less full 8x4 took 30 min.)


chopinandmysaucepan said...

I agree that ingredients make a great gift for foodies. Some olive oils and vinaigrettes are superb for the enthusiastic home chef! :)

Mindy said...

I've only used rhubarb once (in France) to disastrous results. Maybe next time, I'll stick to your recipe. ;-)

OysterCulture said...

Love it, this is exactly the sort of yummy product my mom would make with rhubarb that had me craving spring. Your version sounds just scrumptous. What a treat, and I am with you on ingredients, also like cookbooks, but its the whole process and experience beyond the gift. Lucky girl to get rhubarb.

Lori said...

chop - Those gifts are the best!

Mindy - Oh, you have to try again! :)

OysterCulture - The strawberry rhubarb combo was big in our house growing up. I've managed to score lots of great food gifts lately. I have very lucky. :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

Such a beautiful bread. I used to not be a fan of rhubarb either but I have enjoyed it in a few different things lately. I just haven't cooked with it myself yet. ;-)

Vivienne said...

i wish someone can give me rhubarb too hahaha instead of something that i prob won't use!
this looks like a delicious bread made using healthy ingredients!

kat said...

I bet the rhubarb adds a ton of flavor to this bread, I find the strawberry on it's own isn't enough

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

Everything about this screams summer! Love it!

New to your blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Tangled Noodle said...

Waaah! No rhubarb here!! This Straweberry Rhubarb bread make me regret all that rhubarb that I just left in the garden in the past... 8-/