Rhubarb Bread

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Ingredients

Bread

  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sour milk*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups rhubarb, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup nuts, such as almonds or walnuts (optional)

Topping

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour four 7 1/2 x 4-inch loaf pans; or two 7 1/2 x 4-inch pans and one 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan; or two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
  2. Bread: In large bowl using mixer, mix oil, eggs and brown sugar together until blended.
  3. Add milk and vanilla extract alternately with flour, salt and baking powder until just mixed.
  4. Fold in rhubarb and, if desired, nuts.
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans.
  6. Prepare topping and sprinkle over loaves before baking.
  7. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes for 7 1/2-inch pans, 45 to 50 minutes for 8 1/2-inch pans and 50 to 55 minutes for 9 x 5-inch pans, or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Remove and let cool in pans on rack for 30 minutes to allow sugar topping to adhere to tops of loaves.
  9. Remove carefully and let finish cooling on racks.
  10. Topping: With fork, blend all ingredients together until well mixed.

Makes 2 to 4 loaves, depending on size.

* To sour milk, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup whole milk. Let stand for 5 minutes.



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