Orange Rhubarb Bread

March 29, 2011

Cornmeal and rhubarb?  Who knew how great this combination would be?  The color of the bread is great.  The bread is moist and the tart/sweet vibe is delicious.  This is my new favorite rhubarb bread recipe.

Orange Rhubarb Quick Bread
Country Home, March/April 2009

2 ½ cu. flour
¼ c. cornmeal
2 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 ½ c. sugar
¾ c. butter
3 eggs, beaten
½ c. milk
zest from one medium sized orange
2 tbsp orange juice
2 c. chopped rhubarb

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine dry ingredients except sugar.
Separately combine sugar, butter, eggs, milk, zest and oj.  Pour into dry ingredient mix and stir until moistened.  Mix in rhubarb.

Pour into two greased bread pans.  Bake for 55 minutes.

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Spice Bread

March 3, 2009

spicebread

An acquaintance from India recently gifted me with a masala spice blend for my tea.  It is a wonderful mix of fennel, coriander, cardamom and cinnamon.  I’ve been enjoying it immensely but it so flavorful that anything I eat with it pales in comparison.

Luckily, the Moosewood Low-Fat Favorites cookbook has a great spice bread recipe.  For about 15 minutes of work, you get a nice dessert bread that isn’t too sweet.  It calls for prune baby food (which I’ve started to keep on hand for baking – who knew it was great in baked goods?).  I actually increase the spices by about 50 percent to help it stand up to spice teas.  Amazon’s Look Inside feature lets you see the recipe which is on page 60 of the cookbook.

Stir together –

2 ½ cups flour

½ cup brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¾ teaspoon ground cloves

¾ teaspoons coriander

¾ teaspoons cardamom

¼ teaspoon salt

Whisk together –

1 ½ cups buttermilk

5 ounces prune baby food

2 tablespoons canola oil

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Pour into a well greased bread pan.  Place into a preheated over at 350 degrees and bake for about an hour.